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…My heart’s in Accra » Iran, citizen media and media attention
I’m glad that people are taking a close look at the phenomenon of social media in the Iranian protests - it’s an important, fascinating and worthwhile topic. But there’s a lot of topics out there, and I wonder whether we benefit from a thousand well-researched stories on this phenomenon rather than a hundred, and nine hundred other stories.
media  journalism  internet  activism  twitter  protest  middleeast  iran  social  attention  editing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Palfrey, Etling and Faris -- Why Twitter Won't Bring Revolution to Iran - washingtonpost.com
Online chatter has enormous value when it offers a window into an otherwise closed society, but much of the cyber conversation in Iran has absolutely nothing to do with politics or revolution. Religion is a major topic for bloggers, and not necessarily the politics of religion, but rather its historical, theological and personal aspects. And the most frequently discussed topic on Iranian blogs? Poetry.
politics  twitter  iran  religion  poetry  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Adding value in the new news ecosystem « BuzzMachine
The greatest value a news organization can add to this new news ecosystem is to identify, curate, vet, and train people. Ideally, that needs to happen before the big story breaks. But it can even be done outside the country, as I saw CNN do this morning, talking with a Columbia University student from Iran, who knew who was real and was there from her network of family and friends. Of course, even if you know the people you’re listening to, it’s impossible to know whether everything they say is true unless you can verify it yourself. But that’s the point: You can’t.

[...] The larger the network of people a news organization can organize, the better shape it will be in when news breaks, the better it can filter the reports that come – whether from people in that network or in the larger network of people those people know. The more people in the network, the more who can go to the scene of news or research closer to it – the more you can ask for help.
journalism  newspapers  news  internet  twitter  social  editing  media  business  corporations  relationships  friendship  iran 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops - NYTimes.com
“There is still a lot of oil to develop out there, which is why we don’t call this geological peak oil, especially in places like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Iraq. What we have now is geopolitical peak oil.”
oil  energy  venezuela  russia  iran  iraq  politics  power  business  war  geography  environment 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com | Turn down that thermostat, permanently
"The most pressing decision facing the next U.S. president and Congress may be how best to accelerate the transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to a system based on climate-friendly energy alternatives."
oil  energy  usa  politics  elections  campaigns  2008  russia  iran  congress  president 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries
"It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as "Web 2.0" will have substantial implications for libraries [...]"
library  library2.0  libraries  books  blogs  blog  community  criticism  education  information  emergent  iran  media  school  science  social  technology  theory  work  reference 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Seeking Signs of Literary Life in Iran - New York Times
"Like booksellers everywhere, the proprietors are brimming with recommendations. When I bought a Virginia Woolf novel not long ago, one confided, 'If you give me a week, I can get you Joyce Carol Oates.' "
books  novels  iran  women  reading  identity  middleeast  literature  history  politics  community  culture 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Muslims assimilate better in U.S. than Europe, poll finds - International Herald Tribune
"African-American Muslims were more than three times as likely as Muslim immigrants - the largest numbers coming from Pakistan, Iran, India and Lebanon - to express dissatisfaction with national conditions."
islam  religion  polls  usa  india  iran  lebanon  pakistan  race  identity  ethnicity  immigration 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
But Who’s Against the Next War? - New York Times
"More broadly, however, the issue that is dividing the Democrats is that their leaders believe a muscular foreign policy is what the age of terrorism demands, while antiwar voters believe such a policy may only breed more disasters." Yup.
iraq  iran  war  democrats  2008  elections  politics  clinton  obama  bush  cheney  usa 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Abbas Kiarostami - Iran - Film - Tales From Tehran - New York Times
"A car is a private, personal room in motion. It’s the only room when you are sitting in it; you don’t have to entertain guests. I spend a lot of time in the car. I love driving. If I were not a filmmaker, I would have become a truck driver."
cars  cinema  iran  nyc  aesthetics  privacy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Foreign Policy In Focus | Chomsky on Iran, Iraq, and the Rest of the World
"If the Middle East oil resources around the Gulf, which are the main ones in the world, if they link up to the Asian grid, the United States is really a second-rate power. A lot is at stake in not withdrawing from Iraq."
iran  china  iraq  usa  war  oil  power  politics  asian 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Whose Iran?
“Iran has not sorted out its basic problem, which is to be accepted in the international community as a respectable government. Investors do not take it seriously. This is a political crisis, not an economic crisis.”
iran  religion  politics  middleeast 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NNS: Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
It's out of respect for our family so we do it, but when I go to visit him alone, I feel he knows I'm there. That's when I think I'm actually reaching him again."
death  iran  islam  family  families  ritual  memory  food  obituaries  religion 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Independent UK: Marjane Satrapi: Princess of darkness
"'I put it in my mouth. The smoke enters my body, through an orifice. It gives me pleasure. And it leaves...' She exhales. 'By the same orifice. I think it reminds them of... something.'"
comedy  fiction  graphicnovel  iran  france  uk  cigarettes  smoking  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: The World after 9/11
"We were attackable. And so our enemies lost their respect for all of our billions of dollars’ worth of hardware."
911  september11  terrorism  usa  europe  afghanistan  iraq  iran  lebanon  war  politics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BGlobe: Despair driving Iranians to opium
''You haven't got a job. You haven't got a family. You haven't got entertainment. For a few hours, you forget everything."
drugs  heroin  iran  health  jobs  jobless  work 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com: Marjane Satrapi
"When half of a society feels they are better than the other half just because they have penises and balls . . . you have big trouble from the second the man says, 'I am the man, which means I am the leader of the family and decide everything.'"
feminism  women  men  gender  iran  cartoons 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Landscapes of the mind
"It would be the easiest thing in the world for me to say that I am religious, but I won't. This most personal aspect of our lives has become the tool of the government's power. The value of people is equated with their religiosity."
cinema  iran  islam  religion 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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