And Iran, Iran and Tweeted Away…


Just came across this insightful piece from CNN.com discussing how social media is overcoming the restrictions that the Iranian government has placed on traditional media. Even with a concerted news black-out, the world at large can now read first person accounts from unfiltered online sources.

These latest developments are really thrusting Twitter into center stage. In some ways, it parallels the first Gulf War when George H.W. Bush Administration officials admitted that they were watching CNN to keep up with war developments, creating a de facto endorsement of the network’s news gathering capabilities.
Still, even with the advent of blogs and varying social media voices, there remains a need for an responsible editor and news gathering organization to help present all this material forward in an clear and thoughtful way. While old media (newspapers, etc.) obviously face an ongoing decline, social media commentary and information can often be far too unwieldy and disorganized. That’s why the newspaper model will not really die, its just that staying so committed to paper and ink has been its undoing. Very similar to the music industry and its addiction to physical CDs. That one’s a long story for a completely different entry though.

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