Black Lives Matter November-December Networks

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By November of 2014 (a few months after the shooting), and near the announcement of Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in the shooting, more conceptual markers, such as #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and #ICantBreathe, which include personalization of the issues, dominate the Twitter network along with #MikeBrown.

We examined change over time by analyzing triggering events where the hashtags spike again, including legal decisions such as Darren Wilson’s non-indictment, and the Eric Garner death. By this point, conceptual hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe have eclipsed #MikeBrown.

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