My first article on UN Dispatch furthers the point made in the previous post on Afghanistan Analysis about the difference in the online presence of the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government.
The article, which analyzes their performance histories and looks at the reaction from Afghans to the performance differential, starts thus:
After maintaining twitter accounts in Arabic and Pashto for some time, the Afghan Taliban broke new ground in their online social networking strategy yesterday by starting to tweet in English. The Afghan Taliban’s online presence on social networking websites and elsewhere is rivaling and often surpassing that of the Afghan government’s. The Taliban’s technological savvy is a different dimension to the common image of an insurgency known for violence and brutality and one that, when in power, suppressed most forms of mass media.
Read the rest on my UN Dispatch blog.