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This Is What Democracy Tweets Like

9:17PM ON 06/15/2009
BY Jessica Ramsey

#iranelection OMG. If you are not following the post-election events in Iran, start. If you are not following the way that Iranians are using Twitter to respond to the recent election, start doing it right now.

I’ve always had my questions about the utility of web-based media (because I think it sometimes gives idiots the tools to spread opinion as fact. Like, um, any local blog.) But young Iranians are using more democratized internet tools to build a more democratized state. This thing in Iran is something to witness. And it is best witnessed on Twitter.

The mini-blogging site has become so critical to events in Iran, the company postponed a scheduled maintenance this evening to tomorrow afternoon (at around 1:30am Tehran time.)

More after the jump, with good links…

From CNN:

Iranian protesters have found a new outlet to mobilize and take action. The presidential election has proved how much opposition supporters can demand change without necessarily taking to the streets. Just give them a computer and an Internet connection and watch what they can do…

With the absence of text messaging and mobile services — both were cut off across the country on and around election day and were still blocked on Sunday — Twitter proved to be the most reliable communication technique between people inside Iran and millions of others on the outside thirsty for any update.

A more heartfelt, liberal shout-out from Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic Monthly:

Mock not. As the regime shut down other forms of communication, Twitter survived. With some remarkable results. Those rooftop chants that were becoming deafening in Tehran? A few hours ago, this concept of resistance was spread by a twitter message. Here’s the Twitter from a Moussavi supporter:

ALL internet & mobile networks are cut. We ask everyone in Tehran to go onto their rooftops and shout ALAHO AKBAR in protest #IranElection

And incredible pictures of the recent protests from the Boston Globe.

4 Comments on “ This Is What Democracy Tweets Like ”

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  2. And yet once again, the movie Network–1976!– was prophetic: “I want all of you to get up out of your chairs . . . and go to the window, open it, stretch your head out and yell, ‘I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’”

  3. Eric Smith

    I’m following it and it is amazing. This will be remembered as one of the pivotal moments of the Internet as game-changer this decade.

  4. is the #1 trusted inside source. Amazing that s/he is still reporting. Iranian government has been shutting down IPs all over, but outsiders are setting up proxies. Persiankiwi has excellent sources and is in Tehran moving from place to place to avoid capture.

    And I need CNN for why?



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