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the Big Blog Company | Blogging for freedom
“Who yer callin' a sparrow, you schmuck?!”
The bird on the back.
April 26 2005
Tuesday
Blogging for freedom
Adriana Cronin-Lukas • lesblogs 
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Hossein Derakhshan of hoder.com, Yat Siu of Outblaze, China, and Asian correspondent for the International Herald Tribune.

Hossein
70 million population
4-5 million internet users
Media state monopoly and control
75,000 blogs

Blog as windows, bridges and cafes:

Windows (social changes)
self-expression
tolerance
individualism
free information – journalist banned from parliament turned to blogging (Massih Alinejad)

Bridges (society)
connecting between different divided societies, social islands
immigrants – non-immigrates
3-4 million left after revolution, great chance to connect
politicians – citizens, reformist candidate, former vice-president, religious/secular community
using blogs as their own medium

Cafes (politics)
Ideal speech situation – equal power for everyone
Blogs vs state-controlled media
Unique space out of the state monopoly for crucial political debate
Public space that is not state owned and controlled, discuss Iran’s nuclear programme or election 2005 debate of the boycott.

Yat Siu
120 million users by the same time next year
10MB upstream and downstream guaranteed 26 euros
South Korea 100MB up and down

How you define a blog? Homepage in China, Asia – the Hompy. The social element is the chat room – customise avatar and character, your identity online. Social effect is the influential factor there is also a backlash against, people die as they forget to eat (!). Online games. Blogging come to Asia and then spread there. Eastern technologies influence the western development once Asian culture goes mainstream.

Herald Tribune correspondent for Asia
In dictatorships blogs and related technologies can be about access to information. For example, people use IM to warn each other about diseases that government covers up. Also, people are often accused of lack of spontaneity and there have been demonstration organised via blogs.

Hossein
Individual voices trying to prevent US from attacking Iran…

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