As the Gaza conflict is fought just as much online and in social media as on the ground, partisans on both sides have focused their ire on the depiction of events as much or more, perhaps, than the events themselves. While media consumers are bombarded daily with the most gut wrenching images of dead and injured Palestinians, especially children, the battle rages as to whether the images represent atrocities or collateral damage and the use of human shields. With the growing impulse to shoot the messenger, it seems that an increasing loss in this conflagration is the literacy to parse representation from demonstration (in both senses of the word).
(photo: Samar Abu Elouf via NY Magazine. photo-illustration: BagNews)