GazaTalk: New Media Resistance

GazaTalk has published a list of resources and suggestions under the heading of How to Resist Online, useful both for those who have questions about how they can go about doing so, and for those who are generally interested in learning about how new media are deployed in the battle against the Israeli state’s and mass media’s (mis)information campaigns.

GazaTalk recommends the following, and I have added some notes in italics, and some minor edits:

  1. Twitter is the most popular microblogging platform and it’s one of the main streams for news. Tweet about Gaza news, photos and videos of the massacre  and Israeli aggression. Join the conversation against Israelis and Pro-Israelis and their occupation. There is a war against us [Palestinians] there and we [Palestinians] must win it. Don’t forget to  add #Gaza at the start of your tweets.
  2. Write in your blog about situation in Gaza, about the Holocaust against Palestinians in Gaza.
  3. Upload photos to Flickr, your videos to Youtube about terror in Gaza, civilians killed by Israeli occupation and for demonstrations supporting Gaza in your country. (Don’t forget to choose good Tags and descriptions)
  4. Change your account avatar everywhere to one of these suggested pictures or any one supporting Gaza. — note: the black ribbon image you see on other posts on this blog is also the widespread way of signifying your solidarity with the people of Gaza.
  5. Put AlJazeera death toll widget in your blog ( Widget here) — note: this will not work in blog, you cannot add it as a widget.
  6. Help to build the AlJazeera interactive map about the War in Gaza.
  7. Go into demonstrations supporting Gaza in Second Life — note: an additional recommendation: try to go to demonstrations in “First Life” as well, check IndyMedia pages for your geographic location for news of the next planned demonstration.
  8. Spread all links supporting Gaza in social networks. (Facebook, MySpace, Digg, etc..).
  9. Help us to spread GazaTalk as a source for THE TRUTH.
  10. Send us any helpful material to publish it on GazaTalk to

Additional note: like tweeters have discovered, and turned into a virtual currency for identifying a “movement” and a “following,” retweeting is also very valuable. It is used to mark a growing consensus, an impromptu petition of sorts as more and more people line up behind a particular proposition, and people on Twitter who actively make use of retweeting or RTs realize the basic political premises of repetition. Repetition amplifies. One can apply the same principle to blogging, and many do: when a source uses a Creative Commons license (reproduction permitted, with attribution), you are free to copy and paste that original item on your own blog, with attribution (necessarily involving a link back to the original source). That makes the original item much more visible online, and it provides a momentary device for creating a virtual network around an idea or particular interpretation. If you are not sure at any given moment about what to write of your own, don’t worry, you can still make your blog useful by being a repeater and amplifier.

To some extent, I just did that.


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