The largest change brought by social media has been the possibility of access to information. Vietnam, often called the ‘living room war,’ was the first war broadcast into our homes through our TVs. Many antiwar movements claimed that this mediatization helped fuel the movement and ultimately helped end the war. The advent of social media imposes to put the question: what is social media’s role and influence on war and conflict?
The answer, according to Sarah Jones author of this article, is digital diplomacy, disruption, hashtag revolutions/movements, and what I call iWars.
Sarah Jones defines the Digital diplomacy as “the communication and management of international relations in the digital sphere”.
In today’s world, foreign ministries, governments, politicians, and candidates around the world are actively trying to develop digital strategies. Some use them to threaten the enemy. Others to speak and to be heard. Others to monitor. Others to recruit. Few of them use them for the purpose they were intended: to answer people concerns.
The author of this article, Sarah Jones, selected in 2016 as one of the top one thousand most influential Twitter profiles from across the worlds of marketing, advertising, digital and media by The Drum, IBM’s Watson and Twitter, spoke about the impact of social media on war following the invitation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
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“We must recognize that this place where we’re increasingly living, which we’ve quaintly termed “cyberspace,” isn’t defined by ones and zeroes, but by information and the people behind it. This is far more than a network of computers and devices. This is a network composed of minds interacting with computers and devices.”
Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between ‘his,’ ‘her’ or ‘their’ wish and yours. Andy Warhol
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“People aren’t close or distant: they are a combination of the two”. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness — people and ideas that don’t fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. In this TED Maria Bezaitis makes a call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar and strange. Actually in her opinion the digital era is changing the meaning of “stranger”; in fact, in the context of digital relations we are stil doing things with people we don’t know, with strangers. Hence, in the context of the broad range of digital relations safely seeking strangeness could be a new basis of innovation.
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