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Twitter and the Iranian protests: Freedom, democracy, and Jonas Brothers

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Twitter is making the leap from Time magazine tech darling to full-on political force this week, going so far as to reschedule its planned network maintenance as to not interfere with Iranian activists’ use of the system to coordinate protests and disseminate information. (The upgrade will happen from 5-6 p.m. ET today, which is 1:30 a.m. in Iran.)

That’s great, truly, and the fact that some Twitter users are setting up proxies for protesters to use is a striking example of the actual impact social media can have — people aren’t just joining a Facebook group, they’re actually doing something, and that’s commendable.

Given that, though, it’s hard not to notice that the trending topics right now also include “LVaTT,” which is an abbreviation for The Jonas Brothers’ new album, and #haveyouever, which encourages users to tweet goofy anectdotes. So, yeah, the revolution will be Twitterized, but so will every other thought and expression.

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