Friday, February 12, 2010

Palestinian media hack


The Israeli/Palestinian conflict over a small patch of land has managed to be something that everyone in the world gets to have an opinion on. But even though the Palestinian population is pretty cosmopolitan for the Arab world, they've never been very good at manipulating the media. Until now: Protesters dressed as Na'avi characters from the movie Avatar march in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah.


I'm sure this meme will be all over the place within a day (see, I'm doing my part to propagate it). It's this weeks demon sheep ad. Now all of a sudden the whole conflict can't help but me seen in terms of the latest media cliches.

4 comments:

jlredford said...

Did my bit and forwarded the link on to io9:
http://io9.com/5471528/avatar-sparks-new-trend-in-protest-chic/gallery/

where it prompted one commenter to compare the Palestinians to Morlocks, classy.

mtraven said...

Hm, so that would make the Israelis Eloi? Don't think so. The metaphor doesn't work in addition to being offensive.

TGGP said...

I would guess that Palestinians are better than the average Arab at media manipulation. The fact that Israel is more popular in the U.S isn't actually very good evidence to the contrary.

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