Celebrating weblogs in Iran

Celebrating weblogs in Iran

: Hoder, who started the weblog revolution in Iran, couldn’t go to the Weblog Fesitval just held there — imagine how hard that must be — but he summarized some Persian reports on some remarkable quotes from officials on blogs:

In Weblog Festival’s closing ceremony, deputy of IT ministery and head research institute raised some important things about blogs in Iran.

The former, Nassrollah Jahangard, wished that every Iranian could have a blog one day and expressed the government’s support for persian blogs which, in his mind, are defining the presence of Iran on the Net and make an identity for the Iranian community on the Internet. He also added that blogs are sort of cultureal heritage for Iran and they will make the future of it.

The latter, Sohrab Razeghi, said that blogs and the values they carry with themseves are the begining of a modern society in Iran. He said that the openness, subversiveness, and a sense of individualism which are visible among Iranian weblogs are completely new things in the society. he then rejected the idea of government support and said that they should leave the persian blogoshpere alone and let it go in whatever direction it wants.

I’m actually surprised by mr. Razaghi’s comments and believe that he is one the few officials who has really understood the nature of blogging and how it’s been evolving in the Iranian online commuinity.

What’s also amazing about this is that the government is taking a prideful role in weblogs in Iran — a country that has arrested bloggers for what they’ve blogged — while here, the government could care less about this new trend. Come to think of it, I probably like the latter course better.

See Hoder’s post for links to photos that look like no blog confab here.