Mobilization: Social Networking and Iranian Politics
On Twitter, Photos, Blogs and Iran's Politics
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How Twitter can make history, a TED Talk by Clay Shirky (Link)
About the talk: While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
About Clay Shirky: Shirky, a prescient voice on the Internet’s effects, argues that emerging technologies enabling loose collaboration will change the way our society works.
More: Q&A with Clay Shirky on Twitter and Iran "I've been saying this for a while -- as a medium gets faster, it gets more emotional. We feel faster than we think. But Twitter is also just a much more personal medium. Reading personal messages from individuals on the ground prompts a whole other sense of involvement. We're seeing everyone desperate to do something to show solidarity like wear green -- and suddenly the community figures out that it can actually offer secure web proxies, or persuade Twitter to delay an engineering upgrade -- we can help keep the medium open" (Shirky).
Links of interest:
- Twitter, Topic "Iran Election": http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23IranElection
- Youtube, kosoofvid's Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/kosoofvid
- Flickr, Photos: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=iran&ss=2&s=rec
- Demotix, Citizen-journalism website and photo agency: Demonstration against election results in Iran
- Anthropology.net: The Revolution Will Be Twittered
- Mashable, Social Media Guide, June 14th, 2009, Ben Parr: HOW TO: Track Iran Election with Twitter and Social Media
- NYT, June 15, 2009, Brad Stone and Noam Cohen: Social Networks Spread Defiance Online
- NYT, June 23, 2009: Behind the Protests, Social Upheaval in Iran "If you were to follow youth culture in Iran at the turn of the century — from the rise of a fascinating underground music (particularly rap) to a globally celebrated cinema, an astonishing panorama of contemporary art, video installations, photography, etc. — you would have noted the oscillation of this generation between apathy and anger, frustration and hope, disillusion and euphoria" (Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies).
- Business Week, June 17, 2009, Joel Schectman: Iran's Twitter Revolution? Maybe Not Yet "Iran experts and social networking activists say that while Iranian election protesters have certainly used social media tools, no particular technology has been instrumental to organizers' ability to get people on the street. Indeed, most of the organizing has occurred through far more mundane means: SMS text messages and word of mouth. Sysomos, a Toronto-based Web analytics company that researches social media, says there are only about 8,600 Twitter users whose profiles indicate they are from Iran".
- BBC, June 9, 2009: Guide: How Iran is ruled