The entertainment industry's looking pretty experimental these days, with the announcement of a new five-day-long comedy festival on Twitter. Yes, there is a hashtag involved. Starting on Monday, you'll start to see some familiar handles making jokes with the descriptively named hashtag #ComedyFest. Comedians will use Vine to upload six-second videos, and there will be one live event on Monday night. Everyone from Judd Apatow to Mel Brooks, who will both appear on Monday night, is on board with Twitter's lastest attempt to look like a media company. With Comedy Central as a partner and a whole separate algorithmic comedy app in the mix, the whole situation sounds a little dizzying.
It could be amazing. The so-called #ComedyFest sounds a lot like what comedians do on Twitter on a daily basis, but with the hashtag, it's going to be a lot more focused and organized, right? Well, hashtags aren't exactly the most organized organizing principle in the world. As anyone who's ever followed a really popular hashtag will tell you, sometimes the information simply flows through the stream to quickly to be consumed. In recent months, there's been renewed criticism over whether or not the convention is useful at all since its as prone to noise as it is to order. But it sounds like networks are okay with making you do a little work to find the content you want.