An article in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is going after people who speak out against it–even those who live outside the country’s borders. The opposition movement recently gained momentum and international attention by utilizing social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Now it seems some people are paying the price for their online activism. According to the article: “Dozens of individuals in the U.S. and Europe who criticized Iran on Facebook or Twitter said their relatives back in Iran were questioned or temporarily detained because of their postings. . . Five interviewees who traveled to Iran in recent months said they were forced by police at Tehran’s airport to log in to their Facebook accounts.”
Justin Timberlake listens to NPR, or at least a character he’s playing does. The king of all things sexy was recently photographed wearing an NPR t-shirt. Who knew, the master of the dance off, the former Mousekateer, the SNL Digital Short darling, gets his inspiration from public radio. Well, we guessed it. I mean, can’t you just hear him doing an acapella version of the All Thing’s Considered theme song?
NPR’s Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes came up with ten reasons the star might be donning the NPR logo. My favorite? Number seven: “Just borrowing it from Lady Gaga.”
Check out NPR.org to read Holmes’ take, then in the comments below, tell us your own thoughts about why Timberlake has an affection for the network. Personally, I think Mr. JT listens to NPR cause he knows there’s nothing sexier than knowledge. What did you say? Watching Justin take off the NPR t-shirt is sexier. . . hmm. We’ll have to think that one over. . . over and over again.
One positive offshoot of the slowdown in hard news during the holidays are the more creative, feature stories that make their way to the airwaves. My favorite so far this year is the Turkey Drop story that aired on All Things Considered this past weekend.
The story featured an interview with Washington University student Carly MacLeod, who wrote a column for her school newspaper about “turkey drops,” the break ups that plague so many college freshman who have tried and failed to keep their high school romances alive during the transition into college.
Romance and sex columnist Dan Savage was also tapped to give his insight into why a Thanksgiving drop is your last hope for romantic freedom before the onslaught of the Christmas, New Year and Valentine holidays.
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RT from Iran: MOUSAVI ASKS THE WORLD TO PARTICIPATE IN SEA OF GREEN IN ALL CAPITAL CITIES THIS SUNDAY – #Iranelection
RT : MOUSAVI APPEALS TO THE WORLD TO PARTICIPATE IN SEA OF GREEN IN IN ALL CAPITAL CITIES THIS SUNDAY – #Iranelection RT RT RT – confirmed
RT from Iran – confirmed-the wife of Saeed Rajaie, a prominent Iranian wartime martyr, has been arrested while praying in Qom-#Iranelection
On Thursday, Iranian protestors wore black to mourn those who lost their lives in the post-election violence. The march started at the Iranian capital and made its way into the streets. The march was the largest protest since Friday, when the government announced that Ahmadinejad won the presidential election. @oxfordgirl from Twitter says:
“This has been very peaceful and calm protest. As long gvt keeps calm nothing will happen FP #iranelection #gr88 #tehran”
Moussavi, Ahmadinejad’s main opponent, is expected to deliver a sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University.
YouTube is one of the many sites now blocked in Iran. According to @newtonian64 , there is another place for people to go to.
“#IranElection YouTube Blocked in Iran? Here's How to Circumvent an Internet Proxy http://tinyurl.com/ndus84”