Iran's 'Twitter revolution' was exaggerated

While many Jews seem to invest an awful lot of time fighting for the "secular" Muslims of Iran on Twitter and elsewhere online, we feel the focus should be more about Israel and the Jewish people. Meanwhile, the Guardian UK has an interesting article up about the fallacy of the "Twitter Revolution":

It was described as the "Twitter revolution", but almost a year on from Iran's disputed presidential elections, during which the use of social media by the opposition movement made headlines around the world, such claims prompt wry smiles from seasoned observers.

Carried away by the enthusiasm of the protests, tens of thousands of Twitter users across the world switched their locations to Tehran in an attempt to confuse Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's henchmen. The US state department official who persuaded Twitter to delay a technical upgrade of its software so that it didn't occur during a protest was described as the "man who saved Iran". And a former aide to George Bush even suggested awarding Twitter the Nobel peace prize for its role in the Iran crisis.

Such hyperbole reveals more about western fantasies for new media than the reality in Iran...

...Annabelle Sreberny, professor in global media and communications at London's School of Oriental and African Studies, agrees. "Twitter was massively overrated...

But Sreberny, who is organising a conference next week on the role of non-conventional media in Iran, adds: "I wouldn't argue that social media really mobilised Iranians themselves – the protests were best organised using SMS."
she says.
Read the rest, here 

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