Blogging & Web 2.0 As A Tool In The Media War

Blogging is a part of the social media and Web 2.0 environment. While the first-stage web mainly included websites where people were limited to passive viewing of the content, the new-generation Web 2.0 creates highly interactive platforms that allow the creation of user-generated content, discussion and sharing in the virtual community. Besides blogging, the social media includes social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn…), microblogs (e.g. Twitter), wikis (wikipedia, wikimedia, wikileaks…), video sharing sites (e.g. Youtube), folksonomies (social bookmarking, tags) and other web applications (e.g. JavaScript). In conclusion, Web 2.0 has created a totally new level for communication between organizations, communities and individuals, far from the still-existing traditional and industrial media.

The traditional media has had a role in wars and international conflicts for at least a hundred years, e.g during the Armenian genocide it had some influence on the small humanitarian aid from the U.S. and afterwards influenced the trials against the perpetrators in Turkey. However, it was not until a half-century ago that it came clear that media hype can be far more effective than military combat success – as the Vietnam war amply demonstrated. It is said that Vietnam was the first conflict waged and won by the U.S. media.  

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About Ari Rusila

Ari Rusila is a development project management expert and freelancer from Finland with a special interest in the Balkan region (esp. Serbia) and Israel. Conflicts By Ari Rusila (aka BalkanBlog), created by a Finnish freelancer and project management expert Ari Rusila,covers issues of conflicts, crisis management and geopolitics and regionally the Balkans, the Black Sea region and MENA (the greater Middle East and North Africa) regions. Themes of Ari Rusila includes some his minicourses for e-learning purpose. This site is still partly under construction. There is a Finnish version of main blog with a bit different content: Ari Rusilan Konfliktit - http://konfliktit.wordpress.com and an Israel portal - Ariel - http://arielfi.wordpress.com. View all posts by Ari Rusila

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