A tweet heard ’round the world

I am starting to wonder whether or not we can really credit Twitter for the Revolution in Iran. In his article Morozov compares Tweets to the childhood game of Telephone. As the message gets transferred, it becomes more and more confiluted until the original message is completely lost. Furthermore, most of the Tweets were posted by Americans or English-speakers who have pro-western tendencies, are biased, and do not proportionately represent the Iranian population. He goes on to call this type of activism “slacktivism” which has no real impact. I am not as harsh as Morozov, I do believe that Twitter had some contribution and any type of activism is good activism, but we do need to think critically and consider exactly who this information is coming from and what motives they may or may not have.

 

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