“This is it. The big one. This is the first revolution that has been catapulted onto a global stage and transformed by social media,” says Clay Shirky, professor at New York University and author of the book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. And whatâ€™s had the greatest impact? â€œItâ€™s Twitter,â€ says Shirky.
So starts my piece in Crikey yesterday, Weâ€™re all wearing green for Iran now, apparently.
The article covers two main points.
One, this isnâ€™t really the first time demonstrations have been organised or teargas reported via Twitter. Try Bangkok in October 2008. Try ChiÅŸinÄƒu in April 2009. And as Business Week pointed out, A Twitter revolution? Hardly.
Two, people are changing their avatars green to “support democracy in Iran” based on very little information. And as commenter Rena Zurawel claimed:
Whether it is a Rose Revolution in Georgia, or Orange Revolution in the Ukraine or a Green revolution in Iran — the source and inspiration is exactly the same: $70 million decided by the Congress to spend on so called “democratic changes in Iran”.
That last point intrigued me, so I poked around a bit.
I found this 2008 report from STRATFOR Global Intelligence: Geopolitical Diary: Iran, Psywar and the Hersh Article… which is reproduced in full over the jump.