Category Archives: #TwitterResearch

Students investigate digital rhetoric around specific, course-related hashtags.

What are people saying about #oppression

For my hashtag topic, I chose #oppression

I found out that oppression is used in similar ways.My first example is Sheriff Glenn Palmer: 2012 CSPOA Sheriff of the Year ” No More #Oppression ” :  via @youtube.The tone of the video is one of anger, and is very inspiring.My second example is The System customised just for you ?#oppression tone of this picture is very eye opening and truthful.Look at these different usages: First example: Second

What People Are Saying about #Children


For my hashtag topic, I chose children. I found various sarcastic tweets on how children are a pain to parents, but their was 2 interesting pictures, one from @euromid and the other from @cheerfans that got my attention quickly. The tone of my first example is serious because it shows the Israeli cruelty to Palestinian children with high statistics. For example, about 95% of the children are forced to admit of a crime they didn’t commit. This makes people wonder if children have any rights to at least defend themselves. The tone of my second example is humorous because a mother is talking about her children being ugly and dumb in a sarcastic way, but like every mother she still loves them very much. This type of humor was found the most in the #children because even from my personal experience, my mother says the same about me. My mom says i’m “stubborn and act like a fool,” but she still loves me for who I am because thats just how any other child acts and thats what makes us special. Looking at these 2 different images, I think some people think of children as a pain and try to be sarcastic about them, but when they see other children suffering they start to feel bad for them and want to treat their own children better. My contradictory hashtags tell me that part of society thinks of children as a pain, but also others want to inform people of how children go through harsh cruelties in other places, therefore they should be grateful for their children.

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what twitter is saying about #Ihaveadream?!?!

twitter is a great outlet for expression. so I did an experiment using #Ihaveadream to search for different tweets using this hashtag in unique, individual ways. these two tweets show how society has changed since the civil rights era, where Dr. martin luther king fought for equality amongst all americans white or black. as I was searching for tweets I saw an interesting trend in the sincerity of them all, most were either really serous either praising and glorifying the great Dr. martin luther king or making funny modern day tweets on some petty rivalries amongst countries and or even actual dreams.

my first tweet is the more sincere, and serious one. this person is referencing to the ” I have a dream speech” Martin Luther KIng addressed at the height of the civil rights era.

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my second tweet is the funny, and light tweet. about the ” rivalry” between algerian’s and moroccans. which I find to be true at times, but sort of a stereotype that all moroccans and algerians hate each other. my family friend is algerian and we’re really close and hear that all the time about ” oh I heard algerians and moroccans are supposed to hate each other”.

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lastly, I feel that it is kinda disrespectful to use MLK’s i have a dream, in vain like that. to show moroccan and algerians “beef” because it is nothing like the way african americans were treated during the 1960’s and up until now sometimes. But I also the humorous side of this tweet as well when she states ” imagine how beautiful r kids would be”.



For my hashtag I choose freedom. I found two tweets that shows different meanings about freedom.

The tone of my first example is somewhat supposed to be a joke and not supposed to be taken too seriously.
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The tone of my second example is very serious and and to the point.Inline image 5
Looking at these different tweets I think people express themselves differently
and different usages of the words at different times. This shows that people living
in today’s world use different meanings of words because of their background.
In the first tweet I assume that the first tweeter is a younger person who has not
experience the same things as the second tweeter.
When people use words in a different meaning they intend to amuse their audience
in a certain way. In the first tweet the tone is to entertain while the second tweet is
to persuade and inform. Overall the meaning of words depends on the individual’s
interpretation and how to apply it to their everyday life.

What twitter says about #ethnicity

For my hashtag topic, I chose ethnicity. I found many tweets about ethnicity. The tone of my first example is used in the correct way. It talks about how people pretend to know how others talk by using race and ethnicity and they do not know the difference. Race may defined as the color of ones skin and what other people see you as. Ethnicity could be classified by a persons cultural background, heritage, and history of  their ancestry .

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The tone of my second example is supposed to be a funny tweet and is about how people don’t know what ethnicity people are during the summer. They use their skin tone to classify ethnicity, which is not necessarily right.

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From these usages of this hashtag on twitter I see that many people take this seriously, but a few joke around about it. Some people in society are ignorant to the true meanings of both the words race and ethnicity.

What people say about #public school education

#Education I looked on the internet and found a tweet that talked stated get your child in the right private high school.

#Education I discovered another tweet and it stated that a five digit code should not determine the public school your child can attend.

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A 5 code should not determine the public school your attends. This is an important factor because public school education is justified by taxes being fulfilled if you live in a specific zip code. If a child has a chance to attend an elite public school but distance is the option he should be able to participate. As private school their is no barriers because a person can attend private school no matter if they live in a different state it just matters on them arriving and not being late. Our government controls and prohibit children from getting a quality education by justifying that a kid can not attend a school because of America’s 5 digit code. The only reason the 5 digit code is relevant because of taxes. #Money

What Tweeters Are Saying About #culture

          For my hashtag topic, I chose #culture. I found that there is a wide ranging usage for just this word. Some people use this word to form pages and form online communities in which others can relate to a specific culture. Others use it to raise awareness of certain negative customs in a culture, such as diminishing the role and education of women. Furthermore, some people use this word to mock a culture, stereotype a culture, or exaggerate specific characteristics of a culture. Thus, there are both negative and positive uses of #culture.

          One of the users of Twitter has used #culture to declare a stereotypical point of view of Asian languages, stating that these points of views are funny. The tone of my first example is mocking and very close minded.

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          Another Tweeter used #culture in a positive manner. He was advocating for peace, unity, and for the creations of connections within worldwide cultures to create a better future. The tone of my second example is very positive, enlightening, and peaceful.

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          Looking at these different usages, I think that there are wide ranging points of views in this world. The level of maturity of the users on these social media cites is wide ranging. Thus, their level of sensitivity towards the wide ranging topics in this world can really vary. Some users take social, economic and political issues far more seriously than other users. In addition, some users show more respect to the diversity in this world than other users.

          In general, these contradictory hashtags say a lot about society. The different stances each individual can be reflected through their responses and through their usage of #culture. On everyday social media, these wide ranging and contradictory viewpoints can be seen.

What twitter says about #humanrights

For my hashtag topic, I first chose natives but then I changed it to human rights. I found one tweet that went with the hashtag of my chose and another one I don’t understand how it relates to it.

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The first tweet is pretty serious and talks about an actual human rights problem. The second tweet has something to do with the world cup and unless I am not understanding something, I don’t see how this relates to human rights.

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As I have already said, the first tweet actually talks about a serious topic and a violation of human rights. The second tweet isn’t really relating to an human rights problem, but then again, I don’t know much about soccer.

#BLACK , am more than just a color.

#black , being black is hard , u dream of chicken wen ur hungry, u spell stuff incorrectly, u have an irrational fear of cops, u love watermelon and grape koo-laid, and society has already branded you as a young man of color, with no future. Despite all that, black is indeed beautiful, black looks good on a baby boy, regardless of his skin color, and black looks good as a dress. However, black is more than just a dress or diapers on a baby, black is a race, its a generation, its a history, its a legacy. A legacy of men and women who toiled in the fields of slavery, which was sweltering with the heat of injustice, who were liberated from the bondage known as ‘slavery’, only to be brought back to it under a new name, segregation, ” separate but equal ”, ” Jim Crow ”, they fought for us, some of us take that for granted, but……….. some of us ….. respect their bravery, admire their courage, and idolize what they stood for , some of us ….. honor them. #BLACKScreen Shot 2014-07-10 at 2.57.25 PM

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For my tweet i chose to look up #freedomjusticepeace on twitter. I found that while some tweets are serious about the topic, others are tweeted as a joke or sarcasm. For instance, i came across a tweet that informs the reader about a man who is currently on a hunger strike for #freedomjusticepeace. In contrast, another tweet talked about the freedom of elbow licking which was an attempt to make fun of the topic.
I believe that such a subject should not be taken as a light matter since a vast amount of people all over the world are not lucky enough to live in societies with no freedom, justice, or peace. By observing these tweets, it can be concluded that society in general is made up of individuals with contradicting views on the world. Therefore, some may take an issue very seriously while others may not. This is one of the causes of revolutions, wars, and strikes in the course of history and is a major problem in keeping societies stable today.