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Electronic Iran

The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution
Niki Akhavan (Author)
168 pages, 16 b/w illustrations, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
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Series: New Directions in International Studies
Subject Area:
Film, Media Studies, and Communications, Cultural Studies, Current Affairs


Electronic Iran introduces the concept of the Iranian Internet, a framework that captures interlinked, transnational networks of virtual and offline spaces.

Taking her cues from early Internet ethnographies that stress the importance of treating the Internet as both a site and product of cultural production, accounts in media studies that highlight the continuities between old and new media, and a range of works that have made critical interventions in the field of Iranian studies, Niki Akhavan traces key developments and confronts conventional wisdom about digital media in general, and contemporary Iranian culture and politics in particular.

Akhavan focuses largely on the years between 1998 and 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics. While it tempers celebratory claims that have dominated assessments of the Iranian Internet, Electronic Iran is ultimately optimistic in its outlook. As it exposes and assesses overlooked aspects of the Iranian Internet, the book sketches a more complete map of its dynamic landscape, and suggests that the transformative powers of digital media can only be developed and understood if attention is paid to both the specificities of new technologies as well as the local and transnational contexts in which they appear.


"Using a highly original and unique approach, Akhavan charts unknown territories in the vast Iranian blogosphere ranging from state to dissident voices."

—Negar Mottahedeh, author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema

"A fascinating account of a key geopolitical media event of the 21st century: the struggle to define, contest and control the Iran Internet."
—Monroe Price, Annenberg School for Communication

"Akhavan not only manages to give a clear idea of the evolution of the cyberspace in Iran, but she also offers a fresh view on the development of Iranian society from a new perspective."
—International Journal of Middle East Studies

Author / Editor Bio

NIKI AKHAVAN is an assistant professor of media studies at the Catholic University of America.

Table Of Contents


1. Reembodied Nationalisms
2. Uncharted Blogospheres
3. The Movable Image
4. Social Media and the Message
Conclusion: New Media Futures

Works Cited


Digital Visual Effects in Cinema
Stephen Prince
Body Double
Lucy Fischer
Flickers of Film
Jason Sperb
21st-Century Hollywood
Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster