The #Art of the Hashtag

pitchfork.com

A fellow journalist recently referred me to Lindsay Zoladz's "Ordinary Machines" column on Pitchfork as their primary inspiration for pursuing a career in music criticism, and I can't believe I hadn't come across her writing sooner. This one of my favorites from the archive: while the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut—a way to say "I mean this and I don't at the same time"—only a few artists have truly taken advantage of the symbol's culture-jamming possibilities for music.

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