“It’s hardly an exaggeration to perceive what’s happened in Ferguson, MO, as a product of this new media status quo. The story of the protests — and the police’s aggressive response — quickly disseminated on the night of Sunday, August 10th. Images of protests and a cartoonish police response spread quickly through social media. Before the producers at CNN even had a chance to sit around their desks and determine whether or not this was a story worth covering, Twitter’s collective unconscious had already made up its mind. (It’s particularly telling that it would be almost a week before CNN started reporting on the story in earnest, only after its absence from their 24-hour coverage had become completely indefensible.)”

Read the rest at Salon. “Michael Brown, Gaza, and a crowd-sourced record of abuse: In defense of ‘clicktivism’


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  1. Is it possible that the both you and the Millenials have no idea as to the nature of Hamas, who is not fighting to end the occupation but to end Israel’s existence. As stated by one of its leaders, Dr. al-Zahar: ”Palestine means Palestine in its entirety – from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. We can not give up a single inch of it. Therefore, we will not recognize Israeli enemy’s right to a single inch.” The organization is an extreme Islamist group. Its charter states that Hamas’ aim is a war – not only against Israel or Zionism but against the Jewish people at large, since the Jews, and not merely Israel and Zionism, are the enemies of Islam. The entire chapter 22 is devoted to detailing the iniquities of the Jews:
    According to Hamas, the Jews are responsible for all the ills of modern society – the French Revolution; the Communist revolution; the establishment of secret associations (Freemasons, Rotary and Lions clubs, B’nai B’rith) designed to help them gain control of the world by secret means. They control the economy, press and television; they are responsible for the outbreak of World War I, which they initiated in order to destroy the Muslim caliphates (the Ottoman empire), to get the Balfour Declaration and set up the League of Nations with the aim of establishing their state. They also initiated World War II in order to make a fortune from selling war materials; they use both capitalism and communism as their agents.
    One wonders how would a progressive writer. like yourself, who writes for Salon. will characterize those words?
    That is the reason Hamas is not recognizing Israel and is continuing with its war of terror against it. That is why thousands of rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and villages aiming to kill as many Israelis as possible. More than 5 million citizens are under threat. In some places they have only 15 seconds to reach shelter after the alarm sounds. Can one imagine how a mother, who has children at school, feels when the air raid alarm sounds.
    No country can be expected to tolerate such attacks on its citizens. Israel is no exception.

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