The Islamic Revolution Document Center (IRDC) published a report that categorizes the various political currents active in Iranian cyberspace, as well as what the Farsi-language virtual world lacks. According to this report, there are three main streams in the Farsi-speaking virtual world: the local, the modern, and the foreign-dependent. It lists sites such as Shoma, Shafaf, Fararu, Baztab, Alef and Khabaronline as the most important media sites in the local stream. The report claims that the main weakness of these Farsi language sites is their “uniform voice,” “lack of attention to the readers,” and “deficient content.” Sites such as Digarban, Khodnevis and Gooya are considered influential sites of the modern type while the foreign dependent sites include the BBC, Radio Farda, Voice of Israel in Persian, VOA, Deutsche Welle and Zamana. According to the report, these sites are mostly interested in disparaging the holiness and national Islamic ideology of Iran. Another section in the report claims that most of the political movements that operate within Iran, particularly the conservatives and the opposition, still do not relate to soft power and public diplomacy with the necessary seriousness. The websites and blogs of political movements in Iran are generally one-sided and based on top-down balance of power. The report recommends that senior officials in Iran take the training of Farsi-language virtual forces with due seriousness and develop the Iranian Internet infrastructure.
IRDC publishes report on tendencies streams in the Farsi-language virtual world
- Published: 513 days ago on Monday, 21 May 2012
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: May 21, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
- Filed Under: Domestic
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