#DearCongress: A public letter


  • Elisabeth Montemurro Loyola University Chicago
  • David Kamerer Loyola University Chicago




#DearCongress was prevalent within Twitter discourse during the 2013 U.S. government shutdown. The hashtag allowed a community to form by assembling around a common topic. What a group communicates through social networks cannot be separated from its context. This micro-analysis of #DearCongress utilizes discourse tracing through word clouds, guided by Bruns & Burgess’ concept of an ad hoc public. By looking at the commentary during a political and time stamped event, we can better understand the role discourse plays in group formation, evolution, and impact.

Author Biography

Elisabeth Montemurro, Loyola University Chicago

Elisabeth Montemurro is a graduate from the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago with a Masters of Communication in Digital Media and Storytelling.




How to Cite

Montemurro, E., & Kamerer, D. (2016). #DearCongress: A public letter. First Monday. https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v0i0.5498