Iran not a Twitter Revolution
The Real News / Reece Erlich
27-Jun-2009 (5 comments)

Just days after his return from post-election Iran, we spoke with journalist and author Reece Erlich. Erlich explains that the importance placed on internet social networking like Twitter by the Western media is a function of how they have been learning about the events, not a reflection on the movement as a whole. "The movement is a lot broader than the relatively well-to-do people who can afford to send Twitter or invest in computer equipment," says Erlich. Erlich published a book in 2007 exposing US attempts to destabilize Iran, such as the funding of domestic terrorist groups. But he adds that while the CIA and others may be active in the country, they are not responsible for the uprising.

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Sensible analysis

by Monda on

He knows what we know of the uprising so far. 

Marjan Zahed Kindersley


by Marjan Zahed Kindersley on

I see what you mean, correctly, but there is more in the interview and more important than the caption headline. Please do take the time to watch it


Someone said the other day...

by Ostaad on

Twitter did not save the Iranian uprising, the Iranian uprising saved Twitter. The fact is technology played a big roll in Khomeini's efforts to get his sermons to the Iranians who were interested. The high tech tool that Khomeini people used was called "cassettes" that were made by 3M or Memorex. Iranians have used technology in their efforts to gain freedom from foreign and domestic despots.

Kudos to Twitter and the whole range of technological tools used in Iran to bring about change. Let's not forget the most important technology that brought change to Iran was bringing radio into the Iranian society years ago. 

The world has just realized Iranians can walk and chew gum, that's all.

Marjan Zahed Kindersley

I was relieved in a perverse way to watch this

by Marjan Zahed Kindersley on

At last there was a real report of what is going on. I was getting confused and emotional as one does with the footage coming out of Iran, very odd and spurious reporting from the usual news channels, but with no real analysis of what is going on.

By the way, I don't even have a telly, but tonight, I made a donation to this channel.

I so hope that there will be  the least  violence and that the people of Iran, deservedly , will evolve into a system in which their voices for liberty are heard and acted upon.


This is a great analysis

by IRANdokht on

Reese Elrich knows his stuff! I found myself in total agreement with his analysis. I'll definitely read his book.

Thank you