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posted on: June 21st, 2009

The world is alight with news of Iran. The election, the demonstrations, the death, and the denial, have reached us in the western world in an unprecedented way. As the masses took to the streets in Tehran and the world was flooded with those images, I honestly believe that Ahmadinejad was shocked. Genuinely shocked. This wouldn’t have happened 15 years ago, hell, even 5 years ago it would have been a different story. Steal the election, or at the very least, grossly overstate your margin of win and move on. Protests? Sprinkle in some violence and fear and that will settle the masses, right? Not so much anymore because we are watching. The media blackout means nothing as anyone with a cell phone or a twitter account and an Internet connection can bring us along for the ride.

I’m sure there are those that would love to see Mousavi imprisoned, or even killed, but the days where that would be quietly possible are long passed. Whether or not he would have been the correct political choice is no longer even the question. Mousavi has become a martyr, a symbol of the fight for justice. People- young, old, professional and peasant- have taken to the streets to call bullshit. Even the outright threat of deadly retaliation by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who renounces the demonstrations and backs the election results, has had little affect on the fervor of the Iranian people. I imagine Ahmadinejad is pissed because it wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

We in the west, we in the rest of the world, weren’t supposed to be watching.

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Dave Says:

Good Post Kim. The only trouble I have is that, as usual in modern media it is getting difficult to sort the truth from the fiction. Iran coverage seems to be much more trustworthy than that of Tianneman, which is the best parallell I can draw to what is going on there. However, social apps like Twitter give a confusing at best picture of what is going on there. The best things I’ve pulled off Twitter in the past week are links to videos and images that present aspects of the truth that are undeniable, as for the claims?? Hard to tell.
Here’s a link to a promising project that may make some sense of all the hype and BS.

f.B Says:

Have you heard that Iran is acknowledging “discrepancies” today?

kim Says:

Dave-It’s a shit show at best & like all media- you have to do your research- if you take it all at face value, you’ll only ever get one side, or be mislead.
However, social media is allowing us to see pieces of what is going on that we would never have had access to before- and it gives those people living in the chaos a much more far reaching voice.
f.b- It will be interesting in the days to come just how much they will concede to- my bet is not too damn much.

justjp Says:

I am seriously impressed by the use of social networks to create an uprising. All governments should learn this lesson quickly.

Ree Says:

I’m with you Kim. Do the research so that the facts are there, but how many of us would have even KNOWN the extent that things were happening without the web - whichever tool was used.

LiLu Says:

This? Is undoubtedly one of the BEST things to come out of this technological revolution. Even when we all get brain tumors, it might still have been worth it.

Stever Says:

It’s not simply “social networking” so much as the integration and connectivity of the cell phone to the internet. Outside the West most people don’t have personal computers or internet connections, they do however have cell phones and the cell phone for them is their personal computer. So photos, videos and SMS text messages are easy to share and spread. Then one person receiving those, who does have internet connectivity, uploads them to Twitter or YouTube and presto, it goes global.

I scoffed at Twitter when it first came out but the power of micro blogging is HUGE and this whole #IranElection thing just shows how powerful it can be. It’s a game changer.

The rest of the Arab world is watching Iran with deep interest, and their leaders are worried, very worried. If this latest Iranian revolution succeeds the entire Middle East will see unprecedented changes towards openness and freedom.

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