Flix Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:30
By Venkat Ananth January 1, 2015| 10.19 pm IST Probably a day late, but here we go anyway… I think the biggest cross-media trend from last year (and rather obvious too), would be the rise and rise of what is today known as ‘hashtag or #’ journalism. News channels have used it rather well — to firstly engage with their social media-savvy (mainly Twitter) viewership and importantly, use it as a medium to slyly pass off their opinions. The year began rather peacefully with just the #BreakingNow and a couple of stray hashtags here and there. But as we went along, it clearly spiralled out of control.  Here’s a 2014 year in review, with (almost all*) the terrible Twitter hashtags, used by the @timesnow twitter handle. *No political bias here. I’ve just picked the most WTF ones. Sadly, there were too many straightforward ones to gloss over. January: #AAPInstantJustice, #TeaBoyStorm February: #HolidayHomework, #TrollingFreeMedia, #ScarySukhoiBlitz, #GovtWasSpooked, #UnrulyLawmakers, #GambleCrumbles, #RewardforRevolt, #ModiTeaParty (aka Chai pe Charcha), #TheGreatBuffaloHunt and #GreatBuffaloChase. March: #InkForEyeballs, #LoyaltyOverCorruption, #MuthalikSelfGoal, #TicketTrouble, #BoeingMystery, #TaintNoBar, #MissingBoeing, #AggressiveRahul, #EveryoneCompromises, #BackToMobocracy, #TorrentOfScams. April: #PoliticisingMartyrdom, #OpenSlanderSeason, #PhotovsPhoto, #ScaredRatsJibe (WTF?), #FlashpointXaviers, #ShaziaVideo,#RSVPJibe, #GandhisAtWar, #MainNahinMom, #FightGetsPersonal, #BackingRapists May: #FreebieBonanza, #Day1InOffice, #Handlegate, #ExpectationNo1, #GandhisShielded, #CongShakeUp, #WhatAnElection (Hell, yeah!), #May16WithArnab, #ModiVictoryLap (Varanasi Aarti!), #RahulSkipsDinner, #MegaExitPoll, #BlockbusterSunday, #AmethiPayback, #VaranasiBlock, #SnoopgateSnub, #UneditedDDInterview. June: #DUConfusion, #DUFallsinLine, #FYUPDumped, #AnswerMrVC, #AdmissionFreeze, #CrushedByEgo, #BitterRailPill, #EvictionFaceOff,  #PreityNessMess, #ModiHindiPush, #OverhaulSpree, #GuvFaceOff, #TrappedbyIndifference, #OppnMissing, #MLABrazilBash, #AlarmingIBReport, #MahaLooseCannon, #AAPHuddle, #MumbaiGunCulture, #ShockingSavagery, #WakeUpAkhilesh. July: #AccheDinForMPs, #ScuffleSeries, #LuxuryLust, #LicenseToSpy, #RSSCropsUp, #BangaloreBotchUp, #LanguageFix, #ModiMinisterBugged, #BlindToSavegery, #DesignToPolarise, #RightWingFreeRun, #MonsterTutor#SenaSaySorry, #BigotryOnTape, #KatjuStandsFirm, #ObamaSternMessage, #RightWingRant, #ShoveGate, #PakJunketMongers, #NoEntryForDhoti, #TeaWithTerrorist, #VaidikArrestCall,  August: #SortYourMess, #WeakPakRetort, #RantingRamu, #DeviousISISPlan, #PakProxyWar, #BrazenAfterBash, #RahulOptsOut, #AlarmingNIADossier, #HindutvaEndorsement, #AirIndiaParty, #RantReward, #LalitPlotsComeback, #LicenseToRant, #CrackAtTheTop, #FreshPakFix, #VIPHatemonger, #FinalModiStamp, #YogiRant, #SecurityforWhat, #OmarOutofSync, #RatOnDreamliner, #BiggestBetrayal, #PakProvokes, #FendForYourself, #VIPStooges, #CricketWAGs, #USJoyRide, #MurderousRant, #MurderPlotTwist, #SharifIsolated, #AssassinsGlorified, #ShazExclusive, #EnvoyFumbles, #BollywoodBribegate, #PakCoupFear, #SendEnvoyBack, #ShootAtWill, #DhoniCementsHimself, #BlindToReality, #TeaWithSeparatists, #ModiWalksTheTalk, #DumpDhoni, #70mmMamataTrip, #HindutvaLogic, #LambsAbroad, #NoWorkFullPlay, #BikiniBlooper, #ShahCrackTeam, #MLABikiniPlan, #BigNavalBoost, #NoJokesPlease, #RamSetuStays, #SaffronSlant, #PakRealityCheck, #RiotBlameGame, #TruthHurtsMrSharif, #RoomNo5, #BhagwatStraightTalk, #MauledAtManchester, #ShahChecksIn, #TrophyMPs, #SnoozeMLA, #MoralPoliceMP, #SackedForLoot, #RahulWakesUp, #OrnamentalMPs, #EnglishLoses, #NationalHeraldHeat. September: #SharifSelfGoal, #XiWarCry, #ChitgateBomb, #VIPSquatter, #ArnabvsPPP, #BhuttoKRant, #OutofSyncCM, #AadharForTerrorist, #JunkTheJaunt, #AccheDinForVVIPs, #JailTheTraitor, #RunLikeRehmanMalik, #HateFails, #CashingOnTragedy, #PakPropsSaeed, #RantAtWill, #LoveForLalBatti, #GiantDelhiMess, #HitlerCM, #VitriolicYogi, #DiaryGate, #FloodFury, #StingStunt, #TerrorTurfWar, #DelhiGovtTangle, #DholDebate, #JudgeOrGuv, #Appointment Wrangle, #OpenBickering, #RavivsManish, #PakDemocracyJoke, #PakImplodes. October: #AntiIndiaInvite, #FoodFacism, #CopsorKhaps, #SafetyDoorShortcut, #NewIndianTaliban, #FatherSonPowerTrip, #NewIndianTaliban, #WhoIsOnTheList, #GetanIdeaLG (Hahah!), #Mahayuti2, #MillionMarchJoke, #GuruCoverBlown, #DiwaliInTheValley, #PakOnRantingSpree, #HonourSnatched, #BabusKillHockey, #JayaOutOfJail, #BlackMoneyBogey, #DragonScared, #OmarOblivious, #DevyaniDiscloses, #ShameOnYouRR, #InjuryNo10, #PakDefiant (followed by…) #PakStillDefiant, #VadraForVotes, #BorderBetrayal, #JayaStaysInJail, #ModiFanInCong, #PakWingsClipped, #BroadcastBacklash, #DownToAbsurdity, #RedCarpetForDon. November: #OmarRant, #OmarChutzpah, #HinduNationCharge, #IPLCleanBowled, #370DegreeTurn, #DhoniTripleHeat, #IPLKnockoutPunch, #BlackmoneyBattle, #CongressChurn, #IPLFixingBomb, #FightFor2States, #BhagatBookRow, #ChitgateFightback, #PartyLikeMulayam, #CloserToMamata, #ModiHomeRun, #WahAzamWah, #WhoGetsCredit, #PakGlobalLie, #WarzoneHisar, #3MysteryMen, #SackIPLChief, #SydneyStorm, #ZCoverBaba, #MarksheetMess, #NotesForNews, #DareAfterDrama, #BrazenlyChauvinist, #DabanggMLA, #GunTotingMLA, #GoondaGodman, #StuntAfterDrama, #SnoopingOnYou, #GoaTremors, #DamadshriScandal, #DawoodDisappears, #BuffaloAtRunway, #KaunBanegaCon, #TestingOurPatience, #RejigOrRahul, after #GetAnIdeaLG (October) comes #LGGetsAnIdea, #ShamelessJoyride, #YesWeAreSerious. December: #KejriwalCasteCard, #DhoniMystery, #LakhviLies, #PakBailsOutTerror, #LoverChargerBaba, #SatOnWarnings, #IsViratRight, #AggressiveVirat, #LoveJihadCounter, #AsaramCaseTwist, #DrunkOnPower, #EulogisingAssassin, #PoliticsOfConvenience, #TheyJustDontCare, #TalibanDiktat, #Dec23WithArnab, #DrugQuestionnaire, #HouseOfChaos, #BigStarsSnubbed, #OppositionOnslaught, #CloserToMamata, #MumbaiMoralCops, #DhoniOrVirat became #DhoniVsVirat, #VadraEscapeRoute, #MostAbusiveNeta, #MLAAbuseTape, first..#TotalCrackdown and then #PartialCrackdown, #ShamefulPak, #NewLawForSonInLaw, #SaifBrawlTapes, #CollisionCoverUp, #GodseUTurn, #GodseAttack, #SpareTheTaj, #FrozenBaba, #DontLookAwayIndia, #LalitSpillsItAll, #PollTroll, #AbusiveMantri, #PlayForPride, #PlanPanelWrangle, #MisplacedAggression, #KhaasAadmi, #HooliganNeta, #MergerAgainstModi, #GadkariFormula, #FundSlinging, #MoralMonster, #EasternConquest, #KhakiAbuse, 2014 was also the year when #EveryoneSpokeToArnab, just in case you missed it. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute  This list was put up by Venkat Ananth on Tumblr. He is on Twitter   Follow @venkathananth

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