Internet

"A Revolution Within the Revolution"

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IRAN: A Nation Of Bloggers from ayrakus on Vimeo.

This is a great illustration of Clay Shirky's point that online tools which seem frivolous in America can be used for deadly serious purposes abroad. Remember the ice cream eating flash mob freedom fighters in oppressive Belarus?

There's not a ton of new data here, but this video on Iranian bloggers has a really sharp look—check out the way the phrase "the final shah modernized Iran but also crushed any political opposition" is illustrated at the 19 second mark.