Instagram reacts to the Brussels attacks.

A quick thematic capture of the emergent vernacular responses to the attacks in Brussels on Instagram, via the #Brussels and #Bruxelles hashtags, at 8 hours post-attacks. Screengrabs captured on March 22, 2016, 2220hrs, GMT+8.

1) Tin Tin as a “symbol of solidarity“.

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2) The Manneken Pis responds with “piss and love”.

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3) Other grieving geographies respond with empathy.

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4) National colours are on display.

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5) Artworks abound.

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6) And in usual ‘grief hype-jacking’* fashion, spam and commercial advertising creep in.

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*conceptual paper on ‘grief hype-jacking’ in progress. 

See also Instagram during
#JakartaBlasts,
#SanBernardino,
#PorteOuverte,
#JeSuisAhmed and #CharlieHedbo,
and #OccupyCentral.

Over and out,
wishcrys.