How Social Media saved Yemen

Two countries walk into a bar, because there was an offer for any couple whose names start with the same letter.

Says Yugoslavia: “I was so unlucky that my wars already took place in the early 1990s. A few years later, and the internet would have saved us. My people could have alerted the world about the massacres and the threat of genocide via Twitter and Facebook. Surely, the global community would have come to our help. And if that hadn’t worked, we would have held our children and cats into the camera and uploaded the videos on YouTube. That might seem a bit desperate, even cheesy, but nobody would have remained untouched. Too bad that these social media came too late. We could still be alive.”

Answers Yemen: “Oh, you naive …”

They are interrupted by the sound of bombs, explosions, screams for help. Analog, digital, multimedia.

But nobody listens. The world is watching football and twittering photos of beaches, burritos and bikinis.


“Quick, find the router! If we are offline, nobody will care about us.”

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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