It’s easy to hate on social networking sites. They are, after all, generally populated by obnoxiously egocentric morons who not only feel the need to chronicle every useless detail of their day to day lives, but also tend to do so with incredibly poor grammar. Well, we’re just sayin’.

But considering the role that sites like Twitter and Facebook are currently playing in the protests in Iran, our former distaste has been tempered by a sizable dose of respect. Thanks to the Internet, thousands of university students and rebels have been majorly sticking it to Ahmadinejad following last week’s allegedly rigged reelection.

Exciting though this may be for cyber slaves the world over, it still doesn’t justify rampant narcissism; nor can it be compared to the ridiculous phenomenon of congressional tweeting. Sorry, Congressman Hoekstra.

Iran’s Twitter Revolution [YouTube]
Iran protest network in Melbourne [TheAge]
Iran: Protests Continue, Panel to Investigate Fraud in Election [Washington Post]
Iranian protesters pour onto Ahmadinejad’s home turf [Los Angeles Times]

The Internet in Brief: 6/19/09 « The Sqlog said:
Jun 19, 2009 at 5:49 pm

[...] the Clog finally posts about Iran & Twitter, almost a full week after the story blows up. Understandable, because neither Twitter nor Iran are [...]