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Iran, Twitter, and how they are connected

Normally, I would have posted the following two items on Twitter, but since it is “down for maintenance”, I’ll put them on the blog here – I hope you don’t mind.
The first one is a TED talk, embedded below, about which the TED site says the following:

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.

The second item is a post on the “open culture” site: “Live-Tweeting the revolution”. Let me quote approx. 70 per cent of this post:

Andrew Sullivan has been embarrassing America’s traditional mass media. With his one man blog, he has provided richer and more immediate insight into what’s happening on the ground in Iran than even The New York Times. (I ask, somewhat facetiously, would we really miss the beleaguered newspaper industry if it went away? Not this week, we wouldn’t.) Now Sullivan has pulled together an impressive list of tweets coming straight from the front lines. A short 140 characters can say more than you’d think [...]

While I agree with his opinion on twitter, I disagree with his verdict on newspapers: I couldn’t do without them.

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