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  • timwhyte 09:26 on June 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Why the Iranian government can‘t keep the twitter out 

    Following the previous post, here is an interesting explanation of why the Iranian government — which has attempted to block eveything from BBC Persia to text messaging — can’t keep the twitter out.  Jeff Jarvis from the Buzz Machine explains a little about the architecture of twitter and why new media is changing the way social activists work together.

     
  • Rune 20:49 on June 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Anyone sceptical about Twitter – please go for #Iranelection 

    So then it came to us – a large scale social upheveal evolving with twitter as an al important medium of exchange and repporting.

    Yesterday we looked a little into blogs and youtube – today we continue with a note on twitter. The Iranian post-election rupture  is my debut on twitter – I just had to take a look at how it was evolving on twitter, and must say that it is totally overwhelming. So, are you puzzled on what to make of twitter – this is the time to check it out. It was big during the Mumbai shootings last year – but this time its really quite extraordinary to see what this extremely simple tools does to spread communication across the globe – in a situation where all established media has been shut down and few else than Robert Fisk and a couple of Al Jazeera journalists remain in the country.

    The trick of twitter is the hashtag. This is the most important horisontal organizing concept, whereby people with no prior knowledge of eachother can engage in the same dialogue. For Iran its #Iranelection. By typing this on your twitter-search, you get a constantly expanding tread of links, comments and invitations to engage by individuals all over the world – each minutes the updates are counted in hundreds, and is by all comparisons the number one source for information on what’s going on right now.

    If you still doubt the importance of this new tool – how about this: the US state department has asked Twitter to postpone a scheduled maintainance-update, that would have disabled the service for a couple of hours – in order for the flow of information to be kept alive.

    So why don’t you get started? Twitter.com, make your own acount and search for #Iranelection and watch the posts come  in second by second.

    Need a guide? go for mashable.com

    Additional inspiration and perspective can be found at Clay Shirky recent TED-talk or more specifically at the follow-up blog interview on Iran

     
  • Rune 21:23 on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran – the revolution will not be televised; but blogged! 

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    Musavi post-election support rally

    Having friends with Iranian background and met people still living there, struggling and striving for change – the latest events in the aftermath of the elections are thrilling to say the least. No upheavel of such proportions have been seen since the revolution in 1979.

    In the context of this blog – it’s not less interesting whats going on. The regime has expelled foreign journalists and closed of media reporting from the established media outlets. However, Iran has for some years now been one of the largest blogging-nations – ranging third worldwide in numbers of blogs – as a direct result of the supression of the freedom of expression.

    Despite the crack down on professional media – reports, images and video-footage is flowing around in great abundance on blogs, youtube and facebook. No doubt, when things are boiling over as they are right now – the ability to communicate local protests and demonstrations is all important for the snowball to keep on rolling.

    Despite the ban on gatherings, people continue to take to the streets – and document these events on blogs and youtube extensively:

    The Rotten Gods blog is a good first stop for first-hand documentation and coverage on the events – including video footage of huge demonstrations, killings of demonstrators, peaceful manifestations etc.

    The Volcano Erupts is one recent youtube-video mashup of a great deal of photos and videos  from the protests shows quite well how apt and fast activists and citizen reporters use video, blogs and images, combine it with popular tunes and thereby help build the narrative and document the events:

    I’m no person to say where it’ll all lead – but for sure, the free availability of citizen media is an important contribution to getting the stories out and continue to build the pressure on the regime. As in all social upheavels, acces to or control over media and information is one of the most important aspects of getting the upper hand and ruling the game. What is happening right now in Iran is turn out to be a case in point on how dificult control of information has become with the unfolding media revolution.

    Up for more? A good overview of Iranian blogs in English can be found here.

    (And yes, the title of this post is a reference to the film about the coup against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in 2003 and the takeover of the  large broadcasting stations as the all important measure in the – failed – effort to takover goverment. The film – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – has some quite extraordinary footage of the minutes and hours of chaos inside the presidential palace – and some even more historical ones where the assumed president-to-be appears on the privately held TV-network for the first time, thanks the TV-station for his rise to primacy and lays out their whole scheme in front of the rolling cameras.)

     
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