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Are you having trouble spatializing the headlines from the past several days? Sheesh, these reporters and their a-geographic narratives. Well, here:
Oh, whats that you say? You totally already knew where Iran was cuz the U.S. has been a war with the country just west of it for the past six+ years? Well alright then. How abouts a little flava in ya ear?
… and scene!
I’ve been too busy having my mind blown repeatedly by waves of protest in Tehran to even report on the bunk Iranian elections, let alone come up with something clever to say about it all. Good thing everybody else is all movin’ and shakin’ on the interwebs.
In case you missed, here’s a recap care of the Bankrupt Times of what all
went is going down with the techie revolution while you were texting
I figured, given my last post on social networking (and mapping thereof) it was somewhat salient to follow up on Tehran’s goings on and happenings:
As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.
Iranians are blogging, posting to Facebook and, most visibly, coordinating their protests on Twitter, the messaging service. Their activity has increased, not decreased, since the presidential election on Friday and ensuing attempts by the government to restrict or censor their online communications.
On Twitter, reports and links to photos from a peaceful mass march through Tehran on Monday, along with accounts of street fighting and casualties around the country, have become the most popular topic on the service worldwide, according to Twitter’s published statistics.
A couple of Twitter feeds have become virtual media offices for the supporters of the leading opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi. One feed, mousavi1388 (1388 is the year in the Persian calendar), is filled with news of protests and exhortations to keep up the fight, in Persian and in English. It has more than 7,000 followers.
Mr. Moussavi’s fan group on Facebook has swelled to over 50,000 members, a significant increase since election day.
Labeling such seemingly spontaneous antigovernment demonstrations a “Twitter Revolution” has already become something of a cliché. That title had been given to the protests in Moldova in April.
The crackdown on communications began on election day, when text-messaging services were shut down in what opposition supporters said was an attempt to block one of their most important organizing tools. Over the weekend, cellphone transmissions and access to Facebook and some other Web sites were also blocked.
Iranians continued to report on Monday that they could not send text messages. But it appears they are finding ways around Big Brother. Many Twitter users have been sharing ways to evade government snooping, such as programming their Web browsers to contact a proxy — or an Internet server that relays their connection through another country.
As each new home for this material becomes a new target for censorship, a repressive system faces a game of whack-a-mole in blocking Internet address after Internet address carrying the subversive material. “It is easy for Twitter feeds to be echoed everywhere else in the world,” Mr. Zittrain said. “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what make it so powerful.”
cool. But so a molotov cocktails. And books. And an unwavering sense of defiance and justice.
… and we thought it was gonna be a Dance Dance revolution…