Politics Re: Blogging, Harmful, etc. (Persian Version)
posted by April 7 at 1:08 AMon
Also in Sunday’s NYT, an article on how surprisingly diverse and kinetic Iran’s blogosphere is: Religious conservatives, liberal reformers, erotic poetry.
This interesting sentence caps off of the article:
Bloggers are not permitted to criticize the Islamic system itself, Ms. Kar said, but they are far freer than writers for newspapers or other news media.
Are the Iranian authorities oblivious to the fact that the Internet is displacing traditional media? …And so, is there a window of opportunity for reform in Iran?
Or: Is the government more permissive than they let on … because deep down, they’re actually attracted to the amazing world of the Internet too, and like everyone else, they can’t resist seeing what’s gonna happen?
Here’s an explanation of the Persian Blogosphere Map pictured above.