Conflict Through A New Lens: Will Social Media Stop The Somme From Ever Happening Again?

Since the First Gulf War, we have witnessed a rapid evolution in global telecoms, an irrepressible spread of social media, a ubiquity of camera phones and the advent of helmet mounted cameras. They have all forever changed how we view the front line. They are simultaneously a means of letting loved ones into the detail of a soldier’s life, a way to capture acts of bravery, and a platform through which the world is told tales of tragedy and cruelty. They relay images of and by both soldiers and civilians, and have ended the power of third parties to sensor, sanitize and separate war. They make us closer to the rest of humanity and so the human cost of conflict.

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