Long Form

Imagining a New State: Image and Activism in Iran

Both visual production and network activity around the Iranian election protests reflect the increasing agency of individuals in dictating ideological objectives of their states and molding public perceptions of their states as represented in the media. Here, I talk about the visual imagery of the Iranian Revolution with a particular emphasis on how the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, captured on cellphone videos and distributed via YouTube, became a turning point in the media framing and coverage of the protests in Tehran and around the world.

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Globalization in Action: Avaaz

Currently clocking in at 3.4 million members, Avaaz has built its membership – drawn from every country in the world – based on a very simple mission: “to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want.” Based on an internally coherent ideoscape, Avaaz represents an alternate reading of globalization as a force in shaping the 21st century and applies a model informed by the modern technologies of network and hybridized identities to pursue its mission.

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Breaking Down Our Better History

President Obama’s inaugural address will ultimately be judged on the next four years, but contains powerful promises of a new age of responsible governance in America. By tying his speech to its historical antecedents, rejecting the political agenda of the last eight years, and introducing a more inclusive rhetoric of globalization, President Obama has delivered a speech that could redefine the stage of American politics.

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