Citizen Media and Iran

More fighting. More killing. More citizen journalism, videos from cell phones, etc. posted to YouTube and tweeted on Twitter.

Ladies and gentlemen, we're seeing a revolution of a new kind taking place; the likes of which never have been seen in the history of mankind.  And if you blink, you'll miss something.  It's my understanding that President Obama told the press corps this week that he doesn't work on a 24-hour news cycle like they do.  Further showing how far out of touch he is with this situation, because for those of us on social media sites like Tweetgrid, Tweetdeck and even in your browser know, updates on what's happening are happening by the half-second.

We don't have to wait for the top of the hour for a news update on the radio, whether we're tuned to an actual radio or listening to radio stations around the globe through iTunes.  We don't have to wait for Brian, Katie or Charles to greet us at 6:30 or 5:30 p.m. depending on which part of the country we're in.  We don't have to wait for Google to update.

No, like the people of Iran, the rest of us worldwide are watching by the second. I sat here this afternoon trying to keep up with the Twitter posts on the hashtag #Iranelection.  If you're using a system that updates multiple times per hour, you can hardly read all the things that are posting; they're coming in that fast.

And so the people of Iran are crying out to the world as they wage their own war in the streets of their city, where their military and secret police seem to have the upper hand, but the power of the people is being expressed in a virtual world that simply cannot be stopped.  Such is the beauty of the Internet.  Such is the hunger for freedom and such is the power of social media. 

I've been telling Kari for several days now that I'm surprised the Iranian government hasn't had Mir-Hossein Mousavi killed yet.  Today, I'm thinking they had better be doing their utmost to keep that from happening for that's when a whole new level of hell will break lose in Iran.  Mousavi the martyr would be unstoppable about bringing further change to Iran.  Maybe that's the smartest thing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has done; kept Mousavi alive.  I couldn't believe he was in the middle of a crowd the other day and nothing happened to him.  I'm thankful nothing happened to him, but I still have this sick feeling in my head that he's in danger.

I don't understand what President Obama is doing by doing as little as he has.  I thought it was funny when Major Garrett from Fox asked the president yesterday after he "denounced" what's been happening in Iran and said, "What took you so long?" 

I understand the need for measured, deliberate action when necessary, but I think we got past that at the death of Neda and a hundred others in the past week….





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