The unraveling events going on in Tehran is incredible to watch. That is, if you can watch it. The traditional media outlets in Iran have been locked down– no pictures, no coverage.
However, the new medium of up to date coverage on everything and anything, Twitter, is covering the protests, in great detail. The words, and the pictures of the people involved in Tehran, and their supporters around the world. The US State Department asked Twitter not to have it’s scheduled maintenance yesterday due to people using Twitter as a form of communication. Twitter agreed, but has been silent on commenting.
Through twitter, people around the globe have been posting links to videos, pictures, world evaluation and just general comments of support, outrage, ideas, – in Iran and globally in support of the Iran Elections. They have been circulating maps for tomorrow’s demonstration and confirming how many have died, and who have been arrested. It is fascinating to watch, and for it to be so instantaneous. It is citizen journalism at its finest.
The internet is growing up, past it’s infancy of AOL, past it’s akward teenage years, and now, in its young adulthood seems to be coming into it’s own. The youth of the world are using the internet in ways that was unheard of just a few years ago.
PRESIDENT OBAMA (June 15, 2009): Obviously all of us have been watching the news from Iran. And I want to start off by being very clear that it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be; that we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran, which sometimes the United States can be a handy political football — or discussions with the United States. Having said all that, I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process — free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected…..My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place… But what I can say is that there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed… And I think it’s important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views……. ….And what I would say to those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process, I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was. And they should know that the world is watching. And particularly to the youth of Iran, I want them to know that we in the United States do not want to make any decisions for the Iranians, but we do believe that the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.