Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Twitter vs. Theocracy

I came across this interesting story about the hacker / counter-hacker battle going on in Iran, much of it over Twitter messages, for information is power:
But I think it's also too easy to underestimate the real power of the Internet to provide more than information. On the Internet, content is not king—it never was. The value of Tweets right now is less the information they contain than the solidarity they promote. Like civil-rights protesters who sang rousing hymns as they were carried off to jail, Twitterers are bearing witness to what's happening around them, and calling out into the darkness of cyberspace for confirmation. I'm here. You're here, too. We are present.
It's too early to know how this unrest in Iran will end. I'm hoping that it ends with a theocracy toppled. Of course, theocracy is always a misnomer, since God never really tells the rulers what to do.

The rulers decide what to do,
then they claim it's orders from you know Who.

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