At first, the google engineer cheered, knowing he or she had contributed to the world. It felt good knowing their contribution would save eons of man years of productivity that would have otherwise been wasted. They gladly marked their name down in wikipedia right beside bill gates.
At first, the twitter engineer laughed. Knowing he or she had contributed to the world – a funny little thing, the trending hashtag. This engineer did not mark their name down in wikipedia by bill gates, because they had created something harmless.
Then, the numbers started rolling in. Who knew the most popular trending hashtags from day to day would carry the name “kardashian“?
Indeed, the twitter engineer slept soundly at night … until 2015.
In 2015 the articles started rolling in. Articles about marketing machines for presidential hopefuls capitalizing on the hashtag, capitalizing on the populace that searches for yahoo and kim kardashian – indeed, capitalizing on uneducated fear.
Who knew the undoing of democracy would be the fucking hashtag?