As I’m following news from Iran, I continue to be amazed by the idiocy of the comments regarding blogging in yesterday’s post, Wanna be Blogs as I search and find breaking news on Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube, as well as various other sources.
The impact of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in reporting the violence and suppression of freedom in Iran is historic and lends legitimacy to each and every blogger out there.
The level of breaking news reported through these sources is incredible. Just in the past few minutes, the following has been reported, long before you’ll see it on the mainstream media:
midnightsangel: Canadian Embassy NOT treating wounded. Confirmed by FA source. please continue 2 sign petition http://bit.ly/Rge4j (expand) #canadafail #iranelection
Arminhr: Public strike from tomorrow (Monday) at 5 pm ,in central region of every city in Iran – please update #IranElection #Tehran
Cole2026: RT @StopAhmadi Ppl now chanting “Death to Khamanei (supreme leader)” #iranelection
RevolutionNo2: Many gov agents on twitter now. Look at their profiles, have few supporters and been tweeting for 2/3 days at most #iranelection
#RT @jranck: arrest of Rafsanjani kin shows split within cleric ranks #iranelection
@hoquqzan Iranian Government Media Declares Mousavi a ‘Criminal’ #iranelection
-23 journalists jailed by Iranian authorities..says journalists are primary targets #iranelection
RT @renesugar LIFE Magazine Iran pics @LIFE We are saddened to report LIFE’s photojournalist is missing – #iranelection
MeUnAvail: RT from Iran the police / forces etc. of tehran have announced that in clashes on saturday, 475 people have been arrested #iranelection
Yesterday I posted a video of a young woman shot by the Iranian police. Today, that video has served as a launchpad for and further moved the movement in Iran away from a mere election protest. The woman’s name is now known, Neda Salehi. Within the last few minutes her photo has been released:
Here’s a new video from about ten minutes ago:
Next. I probably should file this under Stupid People, but…South Carolina State Sen. David Thomas (R) has tweeted a comparison of the Iran protests to the failed Tea Parties. Really? I mean, really??
Finally, a picture tells a thousand words: