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Use Youtube To Tell Your Teenagers About Iran

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s never been so easy to spread the word about an injustice – even when the tyranny is occurring in a country with a government that chooses to control what the rest of the world sees, hears or reads about it.

Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, bloggers have cut across the secrecy in Iran as protesters have filmed the violence and uprising on their mobile phones and sent those images to supporters in other countries, only to be spread, like a virus, to every form of social media imaginable.

I tried to encourage my teenager to read a newspaper article on the Iranian protests. He doesn’t read the news that way. His medium of choice is the internet. So I told him to search Youtube for ‘Iran’ and that’s how he became informed about the Iranian struggle.

It’s important to know your audience when you want to deliver a message and that’s no different when you’re trying to inform a teenager. When I speak to him, my words fall on deaf ears. But when Youtube’s filling the screen, he’s suddenly all eyes and ears.

Maybe our schools should be using Youtube in their lesson plan.

Tags: Education · Media · Technology · Violence

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