[Humanist] 23.88 Twittering resistance
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Thu Jun 18 06:09:53 CEST 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 88.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:42:39 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: Twittering resistance
Students of online social networking may find the following story from
the Washington Post useful. I've exerpted the first few paragraphs only.
Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama
State Dept. Asked Site to Keep Running
By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The State Department asked social-networking site Twitter to delay
scheduled maintenance earlier this week to avoid disrupting
communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens as they took to the
streets to protest Friday's reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The move illustrates the growing influence of online social-networking
services as a communications media. Foreign news coverage of the
unfolding drama, meanwhile, was limited by Iranian government
restrictions barring journalists from "unauthorized" demonstrations.
"One of the areas where people are able to get out the word is through
Twitter," a senior State Department official said in a conversation with
reporters, on condition of anonymity. "They announced they were going to
shut down their system for maintenance and we asked them not to."
A White House official said "this wasn't a directive from Secretary of
State, but rather was a low-level contact from someone who often talks
to Twitter staff." The official said Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, tweeted, according to news reports. "Twitter is simply a
medium that all Iranians can use to communicate," the official said.
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