Iranian Elections of 2009
New media breaks through government control
Iran’s tenth presidential election
Supporters gathered in massive public
Crowds and Protest Gatherings Ensued
ندا آقا سلطان
S h e i re m e m b e re d a s th e “ vo i s ce o f I n” ra
(Latimes.com, 11) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1ycr2dtaIU&feature=player_embedded
Protests continued for three months
H o w h a ve p e o p l re a cte d to th e i e r g o ve rn m e n t i I n ? n ra H o w h a s th e g o ve rn m e n t i p l m e n te d ru l s to co n tro lp u b l c m e e i o p i i n a n d te ch n o l g y u se ? n o o
H o w / w h y d o p e o p l ch o o se e sp e ci c te ch n o l g i s to co m m u n i te fi o e ca H o w h a s th e te ch n o l g y b e e n o u ti i d ? l ze W h a t i th e re l ti n sh i b e tw e e n s a o p th e p e o p l a n d th e te ch n o l g i s th e y e o e u se .
Qualitative: • Conducting interviews with people involved including protesters, the Iranian diaspora and government officials. • Content analysis of tweets, of first hand video accounts. • Comparing Government accounts with citizen reports from inside Iran.
Quantitative: • Compiling data such as the number of tweets, video views and blog posts. • Obtaining statistics on the political positions, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status of participants.
Findings in Political Sociology
Findings within Communication
The Iranian Election on Twitter
From June 7th till June 26th 2,024,166 tweets were about Iran
• Structuration • • Resistance
• Amateur versus Professional news sources • • Effectiveness of social media • Reliability of social media • The interchange of information from eyewitnesses to professional journalists