Yes, The Revolution Will Be Twittered

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Iran, Technology

Between the 2008 election and the current situation in Iran, social technologies have changed politics in very real, very meaningful ways.

Now, with these immediate, uncontrolled communication channels available (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook), citizens finally have the ability to share what’s really going on without the media filter.

Iranian leaders didn’t anticipate this, but other repressive regimes will. So we have to be on the lookout for when these channels get shut down or attempts are made to co-opt them by governments bent on spreading misinformation.

And yes, there’s a lot of noise, and that means we have to be vigilant about what we choose to to share with others. Because nothing will undermine these channels more than false info being spread. So you have a responsibility too to be a good reader and a good sharer.

But, obviously, there’s also a hell of a lot of signal too. And these channels will only get more sophisticated, users will only get more savvy and news will only get more instantaneous as things like streaming video becomes pervasive on mobile phones, computers, et al.

One thing’s for sure…as cliché as the following may sound, we’re witnessing history in the making and nothing will ever be the same again.

(Image: Sully)

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8 Responses to “Yes, The Revolution Will Be Twittered”

  1. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    The repression by the Iranian fascist regime will be also twittered, until its complete and we stop recieving tweets from the dissidents whose skulls have been cracked, and then everyone here will get bored and go back to tweeting about Lindsay Lohan’s vagina.

    forgive me for not being too excited about all this.

  2. TerenceC Says:


    They aren’t fascists – they are theocrats and would never give Lindsay Lohan’s snapper a second though.

  3. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Fascist theocrats perhaps? But don’t mention the religion by name, please!

    And China taught us that once the dissent is crushed, it may still be a long, slow process before any substantive human rights improvements are made.

  4. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    The dissidents will be twittering the repression, for a while, then we will stop hearing from them. I said that everyone here will go back to twittering about Lindsay Lohan’s Vagina.

    The Islamist theocrats are the ultimate representation of fascism. Oops. Sorry EI, I said the “I” word.

  5. the Word Says:

    Religious Fundamentalists everywhere are the problem.

  6. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Religious Fundamentalists everywhere are the problem.

    This may be true, but Islamic Fundamentalists are the biggest problem of all the rest. To quote the great liberal, homosexual activist and author, Bruce Bawer: “Pat Robertson just wanted to deny me gay marriage; the imams wanted to drop a wall on me.”

  7. Agnostick Says:

    Lindsay Lohan has a vagina?

    Source, please…?

  8. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Quote Of The Day – The Social Revolution Says:

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

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