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“Soft Diplomacy” Skewed

Here’s one way where Hollywood has become a part of the Iranian protests — absolutely unwillingly.

From Salon, via The Daily Dish: “In Tehran, state television’s Channel Two is putting on a “Lord of the Rings” marathon, part of a bigger push to keep us busy. Movie mad and immunized from international copyright laws, Iranians are normally treated to one or two Hollywood or European movie nights a week. Now it’s two or three films a day. The message is “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Let’s watch, forget about what’s happened, never mind. Stop dwelling in the past. Look ahead.”

Piracy is rampant in Iran — something that has made the country savvy to U.S. entertainment.

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