The #More #You #Know: Fallon and Timberlake Make an Anti-Hashtag PSA

What would hashtags sound like if we spoke them? This, apparently.
More

Hashtags, as conveners of conversation, can be #whimsical #practical #totallyfantastic. Hashtags, as extensions of language, can be #playful #artistic  #totallydelightful. But hashtags, as both of those things, can also be #overused #boring #totallyannoying. 

Which is why it's charming to see the over-hashing scourge satirized by the noted cultural critics Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. In the video above, the pair translate the often banal hashspeak of Twitter and Facebook and Instagram -- #breakfast! #thegoodlife! #YOLO! -- into plain old speak, offering a nice reminder that our digital communications, as awesome as they can be, can also be #silly #lazy #LOL

Jump to comments
Presented by

Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In