Iran, a Nation of Bloggers (video essay)

My friend Elizabeth Stanley writes in to Boing Boing to share the video above, which explores how the digital world "allows many Iranians access to ideas and freedom of expression they haven’t had for close to thirty years." Elizabeth explains:

Kate Tremills wrote a "video essay" script for the Digital Design department at the Vancouver Film School (VFS) several months back. They turned it into this amazing piece – which has received attention from Motionographer. Here's the link on the VFS site and on the Motionographer site.


  1. I’m a bit miffed about the comment that the web “allows many Iranians access to ideas and freedom of expression they haven’t had for close to thirty years.”

    Whilst I certainly wouldn’t want to support the current Iranian regime let’s not pretend that Iran was some beacon of enlightenment and tolerance prior to the revolution. The Shah’s regime, supported by the ‘West’, was a violent and repressive dictatorship and the troubles of this country’s people goes back a lot further than 30 years.

  2. I don’t think Iran can be understood without understanding Operation Ajax from 1953, in which the US and Brits overthrew the democratic government of Iran, put the Shah in power as dictator, and kept him in power until the Iranian revolution of 1979.

    They don’t hate us for our freedom.

    They hate us because we put a dictator in charge of their country for a quarter century.

  3. can anyone hint me, a statistics crunch, what the number one and two countries are? I’m guessing USA and… France…? UK…? Canada…? which one is the lucky one?

  4. A good friend of mine is currently doing a project called Send Love to Iran. It’s her search to bridge the cultural knowledge void of the people of Iran. It’s worth the look for anyone interested in a direct look to the people and art culture of Iran. Lots of video and photos of her trip to Iran.

    In her words:
    “My name is BriAnna Olson, this blog is regarding my wanting to visit Iran, then visiting Iran, followed by my realization that the Western world has an largely inaccurate image of Iran. Pretty straightforward, really.”

    In light of the Motorola post, I hope this doesn’t come off as too much of a shameless plug…

  5. Yeah IMO stories like this one are useful in preparing the public’s psych & emotions for the upcoming US “let’s display bi-partisan foreign policy” demonstration…in other words, for Obama & his Secdef Gates’ planned attack on Iran.
    Any secret special US Forces ops going on right now? Or are your “journalists” doing their “patriotic duty” by looking away, to enable another War?
    How do you distinguish between those Iranians it’s OK for the USA to attack or maim or kill and those who aren’t? Are only employees and civil servants of the State of Iran and those who actively oppose US control/diktaat over Iranian domestic policy “fair game”? Or is it only those Iranians who happen to live in Iran ? Or those opposed to the views of “freedom-loving” Iranians living in foreign exile?
    I think the USA/Western media should STFU about Iran, and and instead direct their efforts at getting NATO and the US Armed Forces to immediately stop killing Asians.
    This would show their humanitarianism, if not their usefulness….

  6. Excuse me If I’m suspicious of the motives behind the piece.

    The current obsession with Iran is suspicious to say the least. This is the same way that Iraq was generalized as backwards and repressed, therefore in need of “enlightenment”.

    There will be a presidential election this coming summer in Iran. If you really believe in change for Iran, support the reformists who have a better idea than the Washington think tanks.

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