War reporting

Gaza – war and bearing witness in real time

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Israeli Defense Force Paratroopers in Gaza.
Israeli Defense Force Paratroopers in Gaza.

“If Vietnam brought war into the living room, the last few weeks have put it at our fingertips. On our phones, news alerts full of body counts bubble into our inbox, Facebook feeds are populated by appeals for help or action on behalf of victims, while Twitter boils with up-to-the-second reporting, some by professionals and some by citizens, from scenes of disaster and chaos.”

David Carr on how media technology is changing the way war is reported on, and experienced in his excellent piece At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time in The New York Times.