The World ISN’T Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

Here are some interesting facts that dispute the prevalent notion that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Happy New Year!


Yet Another Celebrity Death

Just found out about yet another celebrity death. The Taco Bell chihuahua has passed away at the age of 15 from a stroke. Gidget, may you rest in peace. You brought so many delightful moments to my life. Yo quero, Gidget!

I’m upset that there has been so little coverage of Gidget’s death. Coverage of Michael Jackson’s death was on every channel 24 hours a day for 2 weeks. Not fair.

I’m writing a letter to CNN as we speak. They should at least have some friends of Gidget’s on Larry King remembering the late Gidget for the wonderful, happy dog that he was.

Events in Iran Show the Growing Importance of Social Media

As you might be aware of the opposition forces in Iran have used Twitter and Facebook as their main way of organizing, communicating with each other and getting the news out in a situation where the government has prohibited journalists from doing their job. What is unfolding in Iran is quite fascinating not just from the political and image standpoint (the country’s population has, no doubt, surprised many outside of Iran with its thirst for democracy, progressive views, level of education and tech savvy), but also as a case study on just how much impact social media can have in conjunction with real political activity (street protests).

There’s now a real war being fought out not just on the streets of Iranian cities, but also in cyberspace. As the supporters of Moussavi get out the information the Iranian government is trying to stifle the agents of the government are also using the same social channels to spread disinformation and, in some cases, even track down the leaders of the opposition by finding out their current locations from internet chatter.

It remains to be seen how all this ends, but the current events in Iran show that it’s going to get more and more difficult for totalitarian governments to keep control of their country’s population.

The social media is giving unprecedented power to the people and it seems that the tide in Iran is rapidly turning into an unstoppable tsunami of civil resistance in the face of fraudulent election results. As more and more people realize that the whole country is with them (reportedly the regular Iranian police and army have refused to support the government of Ahmadinejad / Khomeini) they’re gaining strength and determination. 140 characters at the time.