Design Column #3 Likes brought together a selection of works that illustrated the double-edged nature of social media. Both openness, sharing opinions and connectivity, but also kneejerk reactions and superficial engagement are easy to like.
It is often said that social media make an important contribution to the spread of free speech. By people retweeting tweets, liking Facebook posts and sharing blogs, messages are sent around the world at lightning speed. During the Arab Spring, these platforms enabled the whole world to keep abreast, in real time, of protests and fighting in the streets of Cairo, Tripoli and other conflict zones. And more recently, during the conflict in Gaza, the Israeli army, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) , announced military operations against Hamas via Twitter. More than 200.000 followers on various social network sites were kept up to date by the IDF about the attacks and numbers of victims. Design Column #3 Likes brings together a selection of works that illustrate the double-edged nature of social media.
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