Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iranian Non-Election

Good friend, and ex-student, Josh Koster has an interesting Esquire article.

And, he did play a small role in the world media non-reporting of the Iranian non-election. He did manage to help pull down this web site for a bit:

I'm pretty sure someone important once said something about evil winning when good people do nothing. It seemed, at least to this (somewhat liberal, somewhat skeptical, but not emotionally so) activist, that the evil in Iran had begun to win because the watchdogs were acting like lapdogs. So I decided it was time to cut off the flow of false information and force them to, you know, report. If Ahmadinejad's propaganda machine stopped functioning, maybe the truth would start to. Twitter can stop and start at the same time.

The link that I repackaged and distributed on Twitter this week was to a tool called It does exactly what you'd expect it to do: refresh whatever Web site you want at whatever frequency you set. Sure, the site's intentions center more on winning eBay auctions than, say, affecting the outcome of a democratic election, but democracy's a loose term in Iran. All people had to do, then, was click my link and leave it open, and the lie-spewing servers of The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) would be slammed 3,600 times an hour.


1 comment:

djcritch said...

You can also use to auto refresh a page