Thinking in Hashtags

With attention being demanded on a near-constant basis, it’s only natural to want to be noticed too. More and more effort is required to get the same amount of attention. Spend an hour on social media, or spend an hour chatting with a good friend. Which one leads to greater satisfaction? Which one leads to greater exploration of ideas, a good book to read, new perspectives to explore? Which one inspires curiosity to learn more?

I miss the golden age of the hashtag. It was a clever way to share an idea, find common ground, or come up with odd jokes. Somewhere along the way, it started to become a tool for getting people fired.

I miss how the ideas wanted to find connection, rather than simply be noticed.