Over the past few months, the social media in Thailand has literally turned from a playground for fun and entertaining diversions into a veritable battlefield. Facebook's bragging, attention-seeking statuses and narcissistic selfies have been replaced by quotes, reports, pictures and video clips attacking those on the opposite side of the political divide _ and to convince and confirm the righteousness of one's own camp.
And the situation seems to be getting worse while the spectre of violence looms.
The Suthep-led People's Democratic Reform Committee vows to shutdown Bangkok on Monday, while the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship is organising mass counter-rallies in several provinces on the same day.
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