Anonymous, 23 May 2019
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The Politics of/in Blogging in Iran

The Politics of/in Blogging in Iran

One of the well-recognized paradoxes of Iranian society is that while the "fat government" of the Islamic Republic filters Internet access, Persian bloggers number in the hundreds of thousands, making Persian among the top five most popular languages of the global blogosphere. It is yet another paradox of Iran that while formal politics is constrained and configured by specifically Islamic sentiments and government sensibilities, Iranian youth - among other social categories - are developing powerful and poetic political voices, analyzing national and international issues and public an private concerns in their blogs. These issues are not simply a function of the sudden availability of new technologies or the existence of a large youthful population under thirty years old (estimated 70 percent of the total population), although these are both contextual realities. Rather, these issues speak to a fundamental problem of the definition of the "political". There exists a widespread perception of the Islamic Republic as a highly repressive state in which there is little or no "politics", this view itself being based on an overly crude distinction between repressive, undemocratic states and democratic states. However, we would argue that what is meant by the sphere of the political is always contentious and contingent.

 

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