In the eternal-now and never-live-it-down that is the internet, you can see the interaction again and again. What’s more appropriate here than a spoiler alert is a patience-needed alert. Gibbs’ artless question doesn’t come until the 27-second mark of the 30-second #NCIS promo (I know! #forever), but it’s delivered so straight it’s #worththewait.
“Hashtag this could work, Boss.” Tony DiNozzo
“What’s a hashtag?” Leroy Gibbs
Leroy Gibbs, played by the ever-appealing #markharmon, is a little, umm, late to the #socialmedia game. I empathize. I, myself, first encountered hashtags on #Twitter only a few years ago. A helpful someone explained that they facilitated searches by topic.
#fulldisclosure Run-on-sentence alert. Geezer-rant alert. In the previous century I searched for topics using the Dewey Decimal System (as I learned it), or the Dewey Decimal Classification (as Wiki has it): “Dewey Decimal” for short, I guess just because pretty much everything does get shortened these days, with or without any compelling need—speed masquerading as efficiency, I suppose—but then someone decided that the short form in this case raises the spectre of confusion with “duodecimal,” which just might be the funniest thing I’ve seen on Wiki, and so to counter this possible confusion a disambiguation note on the Dewey Decimal Wiki page offers people a hyperlink to the Duodecimal Wiki page, which link I follow because I wonder whether someone could have their name associated with “duodecimal,” as Dewey does with “Decimal,” thinking that might prevent confusion, but it turns out not—there is not a name, I mean, not that having a name would not prevent confusion since I’m sure it would if only there were one—but, once at the duodecimal page, I see that it has what I can only call a reciprocal disambiguation note about Dewey Decimal and, you know, even though I admire the consistency I can’t help wondering whether Wiki editors should maybe have just left well enough alone because, really, how many people actually do ambiguate “Dewey Decimal” with “duodecimal,” and, of those, how many fail to recognize their error almost immediately upon starting to read the respective articles, because, although both articles use words like “numerals,” the Dewey Decimal article goes on to use words like “library” while the duodecimal one uses words like “subitizing.” Likely fewer than 12. Non-self-disambiguating people, I mean.).
Anyway. Where was I?
Ah, yes, topics, and appreciating hashtags as clear markers thereof, justly displacing a system that sorely deserves to be displaced, given its cavalier disregard for user ambiguation with a positional notation numeral system. I mean, Dewey had a first name, too, and if he was set on naming his system after himself (#shamelessselfpromotion – that’s for Dewey; #rarecorrectuseofreflexivepronoun – that’s for me, not Dewey, although he might have used reflexive pronouns correctly, I really couldn’t say), anyway, as I was saying, if he was set on having his name on his system then he could have used “Melvil Decimal,” thus provoking no confusion with any #numeralsystem (#positional, #notational, #whateveral) of which I am aware.
And this name would have stood the #testoftime in other ways, too, meeting the modern mania for abbreviations. Although Dewey’s given name was Melville, he went by Melvil. Just #forshort, I guess.
Dagnab it. Hashtag this could have worked.