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Unmasking The Arzeshi

Unmasking The Arzeshi
Arizona (USA)
From December 2012 to August 2013, Small Media was busy following the activities and discussions taking place within Iran’s ‘Arzeshi’ community. The ‘Arzeshi’ are Iranian online conservative activists who remain deeply devoted to the Supreme Leader, and powerfully influenced by the revolutionary values of the state. Taking in a number of online platforms, our study looks at the Arzeshi presence on the blogosphere, as well as their Google+ and Twitter communities. Iranian officials have claimed there to be tens of thousands of Arzeshi activists online, busily combating reformists and anti-government protesters in cyberspace. But are these figures accurate? And is there really a single, unified bloc of conservative activists, or is the truth more complex?

We’d like to tell you the story of the Arzeshi over the course of the 2013 presidential election. We’ll walk you through the big political issues they care about, draw out the diversity of the community’s opinions, and then assess just how much influence these hardcore supporters of the Supreme Leader have in Iranian cyberspace.
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