Technological advances in information delivery and media have progressed at light speed in recent years. The internet, cell phones, hi-def, the emergence of the alternative media, blogging, twitter, facebook: All have contributed greatly to how we view and interact with the people of the world.
Many times these advances have gotten a bad rap, and deservedly so. Pornography, “sexting”, child molestation through chat rooms, have all contributed to this notion that some of these advances have not been beneficial to society.
There is, however, a good side to counterbalance the bad.
Nowhere has this been more demonstrative than in what is occurring in Iran.
The Iranian regime has kicked out all foreign journalists. It has attempted to filter information processes through the internet, trying to block all outgoing reporting.
But the bravery of the Iranian people has shown that a few mullahs in head scarves cannot keep the human spirit and thirst for freedom from touching others.
Through the internet, twitter, and cell phone cameras, what is really happening in that country is being leaked out in real time, with no production, no nifty graphics, no filtering, and little editorializing disguised as reporting. Pure brutal reality is being disseminated through the world, and it’s all made possible by common gadgetry and some brave souls.
The most striking imagery yet, of the brave, beautiful woman Neda who was gunned down with a single shot to her chest, has gained world-wide attention, and has probably made some people take a closer look at what is occurring in Iran. It seemed almost as if, in her last glance toward the cell phone camera, she was pleading that her murder be shown, and used to further a cause in which she believed so strongly.
I shudder to think her death may have been in vain, reported only as a sad statistic in what has become a routine slaughter.
All this technology, all things we take for granted, things used for our convenience and pleasure, has had a most profound effect on a human suffering of epic proportions.
Who knows? Maybe this event will cause people to be a little less flippant with how they tend to look at things through the technological lens.
I hope so.
That would be progress.