This is not a happy story, so I have decided to build it around a more frivolous topic. For now, I need to begin with a joke:
You know you go to Wesleyan when you see a sign at a conference that says “the Twitter hashtag for this conference will be…” and you think “fuck you, we’ll make our own hashtag.”
This actually happened to me today, and I want to take a moment to explain why that kind of thought is so terribly, terribly wrong.
Some readers may not agree with my original premise — that this is a popular mode of thought at Wes — and that’s fine, because it has no impact on my real argument. After considerable thought, I have decided not to explain exactly how I arrived at that premise. You can work that part out for yourself.
Ultimately, setting one standard hashtag from the get-go is useful for everybody.