I can’t add much more about how Twitter has spread the news, unfiltered, raw and real time, about the Iranian election and the protests that followed. CNN is taking a drubbing for its lack of coverage in the U.S., but in their defense at least they still are looked upon as a network that will have comprehensive international reports. You can’t say the same about their competitors.
Jason Linkins of Huffington Post writes about the CNN bashing on Twitter — #CNNfail — redeemed somewhat by Fareed Zakaria’s Sunday public affairs show. Marc Ambinder in The Atlantic writes the story of “This Revolution Will Be Twittered,” including the case of one protester who tweeted as he was being struck by police.Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish has been among the best resouces. And our own Ali Jaafar writes of the arrests and beatings of journalists trying to cover the protests, including a CNN producer and a BBC journalist.
To the rest of the world, what can’t be lost is also the role of YouTube in transmitting images taken from cell phone cameras and other devices (below).There’s also a reminder of the amazing efforts among mainstream journalists in covering the story.
“We’re managing to keep the show going largely thanks to this user-generated content from people in Iran calling us, sending video footage and photos,” said Sina Motalebi, the editor of BBC Persian TV Interactive. “The amazing thing has been that even with all the obstacles, the volume of footage we have been receiving has actually been increasing in recent days.”
I was much more of a Twitter skeptic up until this weekend, and my fears are in trusting such raw information subject to misinformation in a period of chaos, not to mention manipulation. But the real feeds are compelling, a connection to the story that can’t be achieved via talking head.