New media fueling Iranian revolution

Youtube, Twitter et al are all being used by Iranian youth and protesters to get their side of the story out, given that Iranian MSM is all government-owned and controlled. The Iranian religious/political establishment has reason to be worried; this is the same type of protest that overthrew the Shah, despite his goons and guns. It’s also eerily reminiscent of the Tienanmen Square protests 20 years ago. Again, state media downplayed what was really happening, but students got their message out to the world through the new technology of the day — the fax machine, which the authorities hadn’t quite got their heads around (and the government learned its lesson, and now have extensive control over New Media in the Middle Kingdom.)

Counterpunch, June 19 – 21. It’s a long essay, but worth the time.

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