Thursday, March 19, 2009

Iran - the third largest blogger country on earth - or how change is gonna come

For the last weeks, I am spending a lot of my productive time on Twitter. This gives me less room to blog, for the time being. I plan to go back to regular blogging once my initial hunger for Twitter has faded a bit. However, what I discover on my Twitter journey is sometimes trivial but sometimes it is so overwhelming that it shakes my foundations. If I could chose one piece of information that was the most astonishing, encouraging message, it was a little video that I found yesterday. It shows that Iran is now the third largest country of bloggers: I have tried to verify this information but couldn't find any source (will keep looking at it). In any case, what this video says is that many people in Iran use blogs to create a counter culture, to meet in secluded spaces, to dream about a better life. I am speechless, again, about the power of social media that we yet have to comprehend.

Iran: A nation of bloggers from Mr.Aaron on Vimeo.

I just heard in an MP3 of Deutsche Welle (in German) more about the topic. It confirms what the video says but also tells that the Iranian top bloggers often end up in jail. And I just found an article that on of them has died in prison (read here).

By the way - follow me on Twitter if you want to follow my journey deep down the rabbit hole.

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