The #IranElection Groundswell

I’ve been following the #IranElection Twitter Stream ever since the protests started. It’s not unlike trying to drink from a fire hose. Social media hubs all over the web have lit up like fireworks and the citizen journalism is amazing. And the Iranians are not alone. People all over the globe are coming to their aid and amplifying the already deafening roar of the protest. Thousands of photos have been posted to Flickr, hundreds of blog posts and new blogs have gone up and literally hundreds of thousands of status posts have hit Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed from citizens reporting on events happening on the ground in Iran and all over the world long before popular media. CNN can’t even keep up.

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The Iranian government have done their best to silence the virtual protest – they shut down popular sites like Flickr, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook…and the crowd found work arounds, organized themselves quickly, got the word out and the cracks in the government’s dams  broke and the flood continued. Millions of mobile phones and computers have replaced guns as the weapon of the revolution…and the crowd is winning.

seaofgreenAs I’m writing this, people are live-tweeting Mousavi’s address to the crowd, asking the world to participate in a sea of green in all capital cities. It’s being Retweeted at an astonishing clip.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best coverage to links and resources to the event as possible below, some of it from mass media and some from citizens and organizations. The Flickr photo sets, as well as the “Anonymous Iran” site, citizen videos and live streaming are particularly noteworthy. I find this stuff incredible. If this had all happened a few years ago, the technology wouldn’t have been there to support this kind of global movement, but it is and the groundswell is ongoing and doesn’t look like it will let up. On the ground in Iran the situation is terrible, but the movement against the cause is marvelous and beautiful. It’s the first time we’ve ever seen global cooperation and information sharing at this scale – millions of Easterners and Westerners are visibly and publicly united with a common goal. Truly amazing.

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Links to Resources & Media Coverage on Iran’s Protests:

Photo sets of Iran’s Protests:

Videos & LiveStreaming

3 Comments

  1. Unfortunately – in this crisis no matter who wins Iran, democracy and freedom loses…

    http://ronmossad.blogspot.com/2009/08/in-endit-

    Mousavi and Ahmedinejad are cut from the same radical, Islamist cloth.

  2. Unfortunately – in this crisis no matter who wins Iran, democracy and freedom loses…

    http://ronmossad.blogspot.com/2009/08/in-endit-

    Mousavi and Ahmedinejad are cut from the same radical, Islamist cloth.

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