During times of war propaganda has always been at the forefront. From Joseph Goebbels to Tokyo Rose propaganda as always been a rallying point for both troops and civilians. Through speeches, films, fliers, and word of mouth, propaganda and war have always gone hand in hand.
Today, a new kind of propaganda is being used on the battle front, and social media is the big player. The battle for Damascus and Aleppo are prime examples of how social media is being used by both sides.
The battle for Syria is raging on the ground but also on social media, where people on both sides of the conflict are hacking, posting and spamming in a frenzied propaganda war.
The Twitter feeds of news organizations have been hacked by pro-regime elements, videos purporting to show atrocities in Syria are regularly posted to YouTube and pro- or anti-government messages often flood Facebook pages.
“People are using all these social media platforms to influence audiences outside their country to support them; they’re getting quite aggressive with it,” said David Bailey, an expert on social media and the military.
As we have learned in class, social media is a powerful tool. It was once said that the pen was mightier than the sword. Today, social media is the pen and it has made its presence known in several areas. The use of social media during war time is just one example of how far ranging this medium has become. No longer is a specific rallying point needed. All one has to do is post something on a social media network and the world has now becomes your rallying point.
As the war continues to rage on in Syria the use of social media will only increase. Social media will play an important part in determining the outcome of the war in Syria.