Something funny happened on the internet this week.
On Tuesday, Snapchat featured Tel Aviv in a 24-hour “live story.” Now, for my social media-challenged readers out there (my dad), let me explain how this works. Snapchat is a messaging service that allows one to share a photo or video with a particular person or group of people. The message then self-destructs after 10 seconds (sometimes even less). Every now and then, Snapchat decides to feature a particular city, locale, or event. Users can then upload videos, which cannot exceed the ten-second timeframe. The videos are then gathered by Snapchat moderators and featured back-to-back for a 24-hour period. The viewer (that’s you, Baba (my dad)) can then watch these videos, 1-10 seconds a time, one compiled after the other, in one movie, the “live story.” After the 24-hour featured time slot, the videos disappear and ascend to internet heaven.
So, On July 7, Snapchat showcased Tel Aviv. Users contributed all sorts of videos showing the beauty and vibrancy of the city. The resulting montage …
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