Benefiting from the Holy Land Cyberspace Culture

How many times have you attempted to search on the Internet for specific information and failed miserably, not wanting to trust a Yahoo answer from 2007?

If you are similar to me, your answer will range from “Often” to “[sigh] All the time.” While being in the Holy Land, however, I was introduced to different Facebook pages that are useful, safe spaces for me to ask my questions. The answers come within minutes and are relevant. It is also a place for me to learn something new by reading other people’s questions and answers.

These Facebook groups are regional and are called: “Secret Jerusalem”, “Secret Al Quds – East Jerusalem“, “Secret Tel Aviv”, “Secret Ramallah”, “Secret Bethlehem”, and “Secret Haifa”.  Nearly all the posts are in English. These groups are also used for selling products and promoting upcoming events.  There are additional groups on Facebook, however, the posts are frequently in Arabic or Hebrew.

These groups directly show the culture in this region, even amongst native English speakers. People openly connect with each other. When people have questions, they ask them. When people hear/see asked questions, they answer (although sometimes this happens without a question being asked!).

While talking with a friend who also lives here, she talked about how such pages “keep people from falling into tourist traps” and it helps people “find the trendy, hip places.” She admitted that on her free time she scrolls through these pages because it is both entertaining and beneficial.

For example, you can find posts like these:

Asking what time the Jerusalem Machane Yehuda market closes for the Sabbath.

Asking what time stores in the Jerusalem Machane Yehuda market closes for the Sabbath.

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 15.03.56

And also posts like these:

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 18.01.54Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 17.52.15Therefore, while on a tour to the Holy Land, it is a fun opportunity to engage with its cyberspace culture!

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Captcha * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Recent Posts

Dual Narrative Jaffa Tour

Jaffa might be best known for the story of Jonah but this ancient seaside city possesses a striking

Masterchef Tom Franz hosts “Taste of Israel” with Breaking Bread Journeys

[caption id="attachment_7301" align="alignright" width="300"] Breaking Bread Journey co-founders Eli

Contact Info

Breaking Bread Journeys
P.O.Box 14058
E. Jerusalem 91140
Phone: +1 (561) 910-0640
info@breakingbreadjourneys.com

ThemeBox

AIT-Themes icon Themeforest icon Twitter icon Facebook icon YouTube icon
Our Portfolio
open/close
Homepage Options
Our WordPress Themes