We can’t remember who said it, but some journalist recently made virtually the same point, in that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the first “social media-driven” war, where the conflict is played out on Twitter and followed by the rest of the world. Plenty of people pointed out that that would be Syria, where images of victims went viral on social media.

Now the New York Times Thomas Friedman is arguing that Ukraine is the first real world war. We know that columnists don’t write the headlines for their own pieces, but Friedman lays out his theory is the tweet from the New York Times:

Everyone is watching, but so far the conflict remains contained between Russia and Ukraine.

He actually calls the Russia/Ukraine conflict “World War Wired.”

It’s up there.


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