Israel: Tweeting Transparency

From creating a military YouTube account to twittering  about recent attacks, the Israeli government is employing every variety of new media to communicate with its worldwide audience. A new wave of microblogging is communicating messages from the foreign ministry. During a Twittered news conference, David Saranga, the head of media relations for the Israeli consulate in New York said, “Since the definition of war has changed, the definition of public diplomacy has to change as well.” Nonetheless, the Israeli government’s embrace of the text-message dialect is disturbing to some, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: “The Israeli government is trying to explain a conflict that people write books about, a conflict that newspaper writers struggle to explain in 2,000 words, in 140 characters at a time.” Is Twitter the road to peace? Perhaps not, but we’ll have to wait and see what develops.

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