Social Media Revolution Erupts On Twitter: #f@ckyouwashington

Social Media Revolution Erupts On Twitter: #f@ckyouwashington

Jul 25

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SPONTANEOUS SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION ERUPTS, THOUSANDS SAY ‘F*&% YOU’ TO WASHINGTON
By Jonathan Benson
NaturalNews
July 26, 2011

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Users of the popular social media site Twitter know that “trending” topics, or popular topics that are being “tweeted” about often on the site, are typically accompanied by “hash tags” that help better categorize and popularize them. Tweets about natural health, for instance, may contain “#naturalhealth” in their descriptors, in order to help popularize the topic. And over the weekend, an outpouring of tweets against politicians in Washington, DC, erupted, which caused the hash tag “#f*&%youwashington” (except without the special characters, of course) to become a popular trending topic.

Sparked by Jeff Jarvis, a professor of journalism from the City University of New York, a wildfire of online outrage against things like government bailouts, rigged elections, the spiraling economy, universal healthcare, the escalating police state, loss of freedom and liberty, and even the subsidization and open support of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), began suddenly on July 23, and continues to this day.

One Twitter user tweeted “[#f*&%youwashington] for giving multinational companies all of the benefits (legal, $) and leaving the citizenry all the costs (enviro, $),” while another tweeted, “[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing media bias and corporate lobbyist [sic] to decide the agenda. Where is transparency?”

Concerning GMOs, one person tweeted “[F*&%youwashington] for unleashing the horrors of #Monsanto into our lives and continuing to do so. Let’s go organic, go local, get real!” Another tweeted “[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing the illegal Federal Reserve to steal our wages!”, following by a shorthand version of the hash tag “#FYW.”

Since the public outcry against Washington first began on Twitter, many users have added Twitter as a target of their retorts as well, citing allegations that the social media site is openly censoring their tweets from the trending topic list. And after reviewing the Twitter feed of posts for ourselves, it is clear that Twitter is actively removing the “#f*&%youwashington” hash tag from its archives, as a message stating “Older Tweet results for [#f*&%youwashington] are unavailable.”

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#f@ckyouwashington HASHTAG TAKES TWITTER BY STORM
By Muriel Kane
Raw Story
July 24th, 2011

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Most suddenly-popular Twitter hashtags refer to events or celebrities that currently are in the news. But every once in a while, one erupts out of nowhere to capture the mood of the Twitterverse.

The hashtag #fuckyouwashington is currently making the rounds in just that fashion. As explained in a post at tagdef.com, “Thousands of tweets erupted in a matter of hours on #Jul23 protesting the US’s failed debt ceiling talks and general policies. Spurred by @JeffJarvis . Seen by some as part of #WorldRevolution or #USRevolution.”

A second post helpfully adds, “Our discontent with the way things operate. It’s gross.”

Although the tag may have been inspired by the current impasse over raising the debt ceiling, it seems to have released a much wider sense of frustration. Within a few hours, message boards like Democratic Underground were gathering some of the best tweets using the tag.

“#FuckYouWashington For Forgetting WHO you represent, Families, Elderly,Moms,Kids, WORKERs..NOT the CoporatePigs who you cater to…#ShameOnU” one reads.

“#fuckyouwashington for sending our soldiers on 6, 7, 8 tours to combat zones yet thinking it’s too much to ask the richest to pay taxes” say another.

And @YourAnonNews — a Twitter account associated with Anonymous — tweeted, “#FuckYouWashington for thinking activists are the same as terrorists.”

Other tweets gathered by CBSNews blasted Washington for everything from the handling of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the criminalization of marijuana to going after WikiLeaks while not holding Bush administration officials accountable for torture.

Jarvis is a journalism professor at the City University of New York, an expert on new media, and the author of What Would Google Do? Late on Saturday evening, he tweeted, “OK, my fellow citizens, it’s up to you now,” as though he felt content with what he had accomplished, but since then he has continued to promote use of the tag in his own tweets.

On Sunday morning, Jarvis retweeted a message from AnonyOps — another account associated with Anonymous — saying, “@jeffJarvis you’ve started a shit storm. Nice going.” That seems to sum up much of the current feeling.

A current Twitter feed of posts using the tag can be found here.

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1 comment

  1. tamsin

    Great! And next the UK. South America’s trying, Asia is irredeemable.

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