Hi everyone. My name is Gilad Lotan and I am here to share with you some of my insights and experiences from covering the Hebrew blogosphere for Global Voices Online over the past two and a half years.
Israel is a tiny place, literally thousands of years of civilizations adding layers on top of the ancient and the pillaged. Jerusalem is a good example of this - the city was burned to the ground a handful of times, pillaged, and ruled by a multitude of rulers. Traces of this exist wherever one walks in the city - amplified by the holiest of the holies in Judaism situated right below one of the most important locations for Islam. Literally feet away. Even the "newer" metropolitan areas highlight these differences - if in the architecture of tel-aviv, or the variety of types of people living together in the same neighborhoods. You’d think that people would run into each other often – as both sides are so close.
However, as you all know, Israel is also very good about building walls and barriers, making physical separations at its borders, which along with cultural differences, make it extremely difficult for the two sides, Israelis and Palestinians, to interact with each other.One would think that with the immense rise in web2.0 participatory culture worldwide that at least the digital realm would make up for what the physical does not allow. But the sad truth is that this speculation is incorrect. The social web amplifies real-world behavior, and the majority of people tend to stay in their comfort zones, within their known "neighborhoods".
Understanding the Hebrew Blogosphere
Shalomשלום<br />Making sense of the Hebrew Blogosphere<br />Gilad Lotan<br />