The hashtag I chose for this blog post assignment is #PrayForJakarta. Before I began to analyze this hashtag, I should preface that I have very little knowledge on the topic of hashtags.
With that being said, my friend directed me to the Twitter Trends list where there was a list of ten hashtags. Amongst those was #PrayForJakarta. I clicked on the link for this hashtag and it sent me to a page with this photo and description:
#PrayForJakarta is a hashtag to bring awareness to the recent violence that has occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to ABC news, on Thursday, bombing took place in Jakarta killing officially seven people. The Islamic State (IS) militants have claimed that they are responsible for the bombing in Jakarta. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-14/jakarta-bombing-suspected-terrorists-civilians-dead-after-attack/7089218) <– if you’re interested in reading more about the details of what happened in Jakarta, I found this link to be particularly informative.
In the larger context, this hashtag stands as, yet another way for social media to circulate the global issue of terrorist attacks. The question in my mind now becomes, do these types of hashtags bring about the type of awareness that is advantageous to ending such acts of violence? Or, do they circulate and perpetuate discourse that leads to further conflict?