Iranian Protests and Revolution through Social Media Persuasive Essay

Iranian Protests and Revolution through Social Media
A review of five articles on the role of social media in the Iranian protests following the 2009 presidential election.
# 153708 | 1,701 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper discusses the Iranian people's outrage regarding the June 12, 2009 corrupt presidential election and looks at the role of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites in expressing the nation's protests. The paper examines five sources that highlight the power of social media in situations such as the Iranian protests, and how fear can drive a government from its people. The paper emphasizes how with the technology of today, social media plays a huge role in any political campaign.

From the Paper:

"What happens when a government becomes afraid of its people? The protests in Iran - the majority of which were spurred by the controversial 2009 elections and still continue to this day - are a perfect case study of just how far fear can drive a government from its people. When it becomes "us against them," the environment becomes hostile and chaotic, as the Iranian people soon learned. In fear, the Basij forces have exerted force upon its people in an attempt to control them through media censorship and otherwise. The Iranian government has banned unauthorized public gatherings, but this has not stopped the widespread outrage and protests, (primarily in Tehran and other major cities) that the election was rigged. Not only does this stifle any attempts (in theory) by Iranian citizens from engaging in public protest, it also keeps them from being able to participate in public celebrations for occasions such as the anniversary of Iran's revolution or the Iranian New Year (Addis, p.2; Wright, p. 51).
"As one might imagine, this topic has been covered by many different sources. First we will analyze the paper of Casey L. Addis, Analyst of Middle Eastern Affairs. In her paper, Addis focuses more on the role of the United States government throughout this ordeal than on the power of social media, as other sources tend to do. She also includes many footnotes that can be fact checked, giving her paper particular value in this topic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Addis, Casey L. "Iran's 2009 Presidential Elections." 22 June 2009. Diane Publishing Co.
  • Grossman, Lev. "Iran Protests: Twitter, the Medium of the Movement." Time World Magazine (online). 17 June 2009. <,8599,1905125,00.html>. Web.
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  • Kamalipour, Yahya R. Media, Power and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Uprising in Iran. 16 September 2010. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.: Lanham, MD.
  • Kamalipour, Yahya R. "Bio." 2013. <> Web.

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