A conflict is escalating in Gaza, where the Israeli Defense Force has been engaged with Hamas for the past several days. And whoever is running the IDF's Twitter account has decided to live-tweet the entire thing. The disconnect between the cavalier tone and the grave content is positively surreal.
Here's what conflict looks like at the intersection of war and tweets. It's bizarre, it's disturbing. And you can't look away:
Earlier today terrorists opened fire & fired mortars at IDF soldiers engaged in routine activity near the #Gaza fence— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 8, 2012
Update: 4 IDF soldiers wounded as a result of anti-tank missile fired on a patrol near #Gaza— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012
77: Rockets that have hit Israel since yesterday. 45: Rockets that have hit today. 15: Seconds you have to find shelter if you're near Gaza.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 11, 2012
Playing war games on Call of Duty last night? Over 1 million Israelis are still under REAL fire #BlackOps2— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 13, 2012
What's most unnerving, though, is how aggressively the IDFSpokesperson account is angling tweets of the ongoing conflict. Dropping viral hashtags like #BlackOps2 is a cynical—but probably effective—way to get as many eyes on your tweets as possible. It's also downright disturbing.
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