Wyatt Hardesty – Rhetorical Strategies of the 21st Century

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Faculty mentor: CoCo James

Artist’s Statement: Through the multifaceted and intersectional approach to radical racial equity, social media, specifically twitter offers many beneficial rhetorical practices. When someone mentions a hashtag, twitter comes immediately to mind as many hashtags may become “trending” on the platform. My art project, although simplistic and abstract in design, encapsulates in a general sense, the online #BLM and #BlackLivesMatter hashtags. As racial tensions have increased over the past year due to unjust extrajudicial police executions of seemingly innocent unarmed black folx, I thought it was important to highlight the individuals in a red cutout. All individual pieces are unique in shape to demonstrate how every person killed by police is unique, yet uniform in color and rough shape to emphasize how rampant and common this societal problem is. The individual pieces make up a # because as simple as this symbol is, it represents societal and cultural shifts, important topics of the time, and so-on. #BLM has been trending for nearly a year now, so it was significant to hone in on this specific idea. Studies demonstrate how rhetorically effective social media is when it comes to cultural acceptance of particular movements, ideas, or political theories.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: U1283516@utah.edu

 

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