The #hashtag war

    If you believe Twitter and Facebook, all of Gaza is one big schoolyard surrounded by hospitals and mosques, populated by children under 10 and women. You don’t often see the 17 to 25 year olds, masked and heavily armed, in photos. But that’s a large percentage of what Gaza “authorities” report as civilian casualties. Take off the mask, remove the weapons, and voila, a teenager.

    The latest Israel-Hamas war has a different character than any before it. Possibly different than any war, ever. It’s the world’s first #hashtag war. Going beyond #hashtag diplomacy, this war is being fought on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.

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