The picture above from the AP shows a Palestinian policeman kissing Rushdi Tamimi who died after clashes with Israeli security forces in Nabi Saleh. West Bank, in a Ramallah hospital, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
The part that caught my eye immediately was the young man standing in the background holding what appears to be an HTC Android smartphone.
There are a couple of reasons why this caught my attention:
1) I didn’t realize there was cell and data service in Palestine. And maybe there’s not – maybe the boy just got a hold of this smartphone somehow and is snapping pictures.
2) I see this as a reflection of the future of news correspondents and reporting. Basically you have a young man with a smartphone in the middle of the fighting between Israel and Palestine who, if there is in fact data connectivity, can shoot news foot and stream it on the web from deep within the front lines of the war.
Is it just me or is this is an amazing reflection of how technology, and the internet, is changing the world in which we live?