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Signs at March for Our Lives on Twitter, Flickr, and Pinterest

Collected by: University of Maryland, iSchool

Archived since: Apr, 2018


“Signs at March for Our Lives on Twitter, Flickr, and Pinterest” was created by Jenny Siegel, Tracy Ritenour and Eric Hung. It began as a class project for LBSC 785: "Documentation, Collection, and Appraisal of Records," taught by Ricardo L. Punzalan and Amy Wickner. Our purpose was to archive something that represented the emotional impact of the marches on the public and people who were directly impacted by gun violence. We felt that hand-made signs have two types of value: (1) they can reveal the motivations of the participants and the various political views represented at the March; and (2) they have aesthetic value because the majority are handmade by the marchers. We chose to archive posts on Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest because the three platforms are used by different audiences: Flickr is used by older audiences and people who are interested in photography; Twitter skews younger, but is also used by major news organizations and corporations; and Pinterest is used by more women. For the actual crawls, we searched for posts that used the word “sign” plus one of the two main hashtags, which were utilized by marchers, #March4OurLives and #MarchforOurLives. We decided against using the term “poster” because our initial searches showed that most of the images we found were printed by sponsoring non-profits.

Subject:   Blogs & Social Media Politics & Elections Society & Culture,  March for Our Lives protest signs

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