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Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran (International Library of Iranian Studies)

A. Sreberny, G. Khiabany. Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran (International Library of Iranian Studies) Authors:A. Sreberny, G. Khiabany.
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Year:2010
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Pages:240
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Price:2072 rub.
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The protests unleashed by Irana??s disputed presidential election in June 2009 brought the Islamic Republica??s vigorous cyber culture to the worlda??s attention. Iran has an estimated 700,000 bloggers, and new media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were thought to have played a key role in spreading news of the protests. The Internet is often celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. How is it different from print culture? Is it really a new public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime? In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavor of contemporary Internet culture in Iran and analyze how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country. Although they warn against stereotyping bloggers as dissidents, they argue that the Internet is...

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