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

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

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

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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.

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