The Revolution Will Be Blogged

As the Iranian regime has shut down over 100 magazines and newspapers in the last six years and imprisoned many journalists, young Iranians “have turned to the Internet to get news and information—and to discuss their society,” reports (must watch a short advertisement for access). Blogs sprouting from Iran, where seventy percent of the population is under 30, provide insight into “the tension bubbling up in the ordinary hearts of Iran’s predominantly young population.” Some believe these young bloggers “represent a new, nonviolent breed of activist,” desperate for “a genuinely accountable society.” Indeed, blogging in Iran can come with consequences—in 2003, Iran’s became “the first regime known to imprison a blogger.”