Iranian revolution

There's a revolution going on in Iran, aside from the protests. I spent much of the early morning watching the news via Twitter – which is incomplete and sometimes frustratingly vague, but nonetheless exciting. The Twitterers are sidestepping the usual power structures and centralized control of information. Watching the tag : #iranelection brings 200-400 updates a minute, too much to process, and many of them are duplicates. Many of them refer to the BBC web site, Al Jazeera, Reuters, people still depend on trusted news sources. They also need, to some degree, a filter.
At the same time, the people in Iran – despite their reports that the government is shutting down telecommunications – are doing work that is impossible or very difficult for a journalist to do: Western journalists are in lockdown.
How does this relate to Vermont? In our industry, the landscape is changing so fast it's difficult to keep up, and predictions on the future of newspapers/news are hard to trust. We're seeing a revolution in the way information is communicated – from the hourglass shape of the traditional newspaper to the full on multi-connective social networking model. Few people predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall – a landmark event of my childhood. What will I be telling my children about this moment in 20 years' time?
-Rob Mitchell

One Response to Iranian revolution

  1. Whoa. You’re back. Thought this site died, just when it was getting attention, too.