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Quote Of The Day – The Social Revolution

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“Today you are the media, it is your duty to report and keep the hope alive.”
– A recent Facebook status update by Mir Hossein Mousavi

Over the weekend, I touched on the significance social media is playing in this revolution, and Mashable has more details…

The status update, posted in Farsi and translated both in the Facebook comments and by CNN, reflects a radical shift in the way the media reports current events, with citizens themselves becoming the most prolific source of information on what’s happening in Iran.

The so-called “Twitter revolution” is also proving itself to be far more than that. […] YouTube has also become a source of raw video from the ground, and Mousavi’s latest long-form statement wasn’t communicated as a release to the press: rather it was posted as a note on the candidate’s Facebook page today.

The Facebook post is a direct response to claims by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, that Ahmadinejad received nearly double the number of votes Mousavi garnered.

More as it develops…

  • kranky kritter

    Some guy on NPR this weekend made the point that a VERY high portion of the Twitter volume on Iran was retweeting by folks outside Iran, trying to find out what was going on. In other words, more chitter-chatter and sharing than actual reporting.

    I don’t disagree with the idea that social networking tools are playing an interesting role in these and other instances. But they are just tools, and the enemies of progress can abuse them just as quickly as the earnest adopt them.

    The revolution will be twittered? The revolution will be oversold and overrated.

  • Tully

    The revolution will suffer from a low signal-to-noise ratio.