Events across the Muslim world in the past week and a half, with angry protests leading to multiple deaths, have only underscored how easy it is for anyone with a camera to send the world a virulent message. All this over “Innocence of Muslims,” a buffoonish, cheap-looking video that insults the prophet Mohammad in the most juvenile manner imaginable? It is easier than ever to get a message, innocuous or incendiary, in front of the world’s eyeballs, whether through movie theaters that used to play only Hollywood releases or by taking one’s case to YouTube.
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