Social Media and Negotiations between Enemies

I just ran across a devastating satirical video about Israel’s efforts to get kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit back from Hamas.

It’s well worth looking at and it adds an interesting perspective to the ongoing debate about whether social media such as Facebook empower the forces of liberalism (note the small “l”) at the expense of the forces of oppression, aggression, and reaction or vice versa.  The debate has largely focused on how social media affect the interaction between opposition groups and governments.  However, this video points out that social media can also affect the interaction between governments and other governments (or government-like entities such as Hamas) by tying the hands of the more liberal party.

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM  Leave a Comment  
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