Nuclear Iran, Reloaded

In the Reloaded version of my blog, I'll write about Iran, its nuclear program, its culture, and most importantly, myself.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Forget about Iran's non-existent nuclear b0mb. Focus on their new Google B0mb.

Forget about Iranian's non-existent nuclear weapon. Focus on their new weapon:
(by LegoFish)
Iran's next G000gle b0mb is about to explode.

The first Iranian G000gle b0mb project was about the non-existent arabian gulf. It was organized by one of the Iranian bloggers, LegoFish. The project was a success. Try it by G00gling arabian gulf and looking at the first result. It is a spoof page saying that "The Gulf you are looking for does not exist. Try Persian Gulf." The b0mb was so strong, the BBC employees heard it.

His or her new project is about 300 the movie. Iranian bloggers link to a certain page that challenges the way the great Persian army was portrayed. The page provides historical evidence spiced with a little bit of fun and art. (link to LegoFish's post in Persian).

Thanks for doing this LegoFish. I wish you all the best. This is my contribution:

300 the movie

If you want to conribute, copy this into the html of your blog:

<a href="http://300themovie.info">300 the movie </a>

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14 Comments:

Blogger Qasem said...

وجود گلمه ی گوگل ب.م.ب و همچنین پیوند به معنی ی این ب.م.ب باعث می شود که به سادگی بتوان الگوریتم های ب.م.ب یاب را نوشت و از آنها استفاده کرد. فکر نمی کنی بهتر باشد پیوند به تعریف ب.م.ب و معنی آن را از نوشته ات برداری؟ در غیر این صورت اگر گوگل عاقل شده باشد قبل از عمل کردن ب.م.ب آنرا به صورت اتوماتیک خنثی می کند

Sun Mar 11, 10:03:00 AM 2007  
Blogger ساتگین said...

This is so riddiculous, I hate such a childish move! There are other priorities that nobody thinks about.

Sun Mar 11, 04:05:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not at all childish. It is a very nice move. We should defed our pride.

Mon Mar 12, 12:11:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Amir said...

Dear ساتگین,

The power of blogs is becoming more and more apparent every day. And we, Iranian bloggers, irrespective of our political views, should take advantage of it for our mutual concerns. I emphasize: mutual problems.

I read your blog and your post about Iranians' perplexity in dealing with problems. There, you mention that we have more important problems than "300 the movie ". YES. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. But most of those problems are not our "mutual problems". For example, you asked for a way "to replace Ahmadinejad". You don't like him; me neither. But this is not a concern to everyone. I did what I could: I drove to Ottawa twice to vote against him. At the same time, the majority in Iran voted for him. And he won.

Now, if you want to present your problem as "the most important problem", you are free to do so. If I agree with you, I'll voice your concern too. That is when you and I (and possibly others), will be heard.

At the same time, you and I have no right to ridicule/undermine others' valid concerns. Do we?

Mon Mar 12, 06:20:00 PM 2007  
Blogger ساتگین said...

Amir,
Right now, I have a lot to do, I will be back after 12 days, I hope I will remember to answer your comment.
All the best.

Tue Mar 13, 04:07:00 AM 2007  
Blogger fernanie2002 said...

I for one don't believe that Persians were and are savages. I know they were advanced intellectual people. But what troubles me is the fact that everything is taken so personal. The movie 300 is fictional. It is based on a comic book, like Superman, Batman and Spiderman. It is not a historical depiction of Persians nor does it claim to be. It is dangerously delusional and ignorant to believe that everything Americans do has an ulterior motive. This movie is for entertainment purposes only, nothing more. It does not represent my views as it obviously doesn't represent yours. It's not Hollywood vs. Iran. Over reacting irrationally doesn't help heal wounds between two great people. The real debated issue should be, “How can we prevent the bloodshed and carnage depicted in this movie from ever happening between any people”?

Tue Mar 13, 02:52:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Amir said...

Dear fenanie,

You are absolutely right about not taking every issue so "personal". But, this is a real story being replayed. It uses real historic names and characters; The name of the battle, the place, the people, the date, and everything else seems to represent the real story.

If everything is real, why are historical facts distorted? If it is a fictional story, why doesn't it use fictional names, rather than "the persians", or "Xerxes". This is why I think the movie is directly targeted at Persians. Showing the Persians as savages would alleviate the public opinion about fighting them; don't you think?

Tue Mar 13, 04:03:00 PM 2007  
Blogger fernanie2002 said...

I do understand your sentiment Amir. Maybe, the movie was insensitive. I don't speak for the makers of the movie. But I could understand why they would use real names and historical scenarios. Their goal is to have the audience feel the movie is real, be absorbed into it. That's why they bend distort and exaggerate historical data. Believable scenarios are far more entertaining than super fantastic ones. As a lie based on some truth is more believable.

I do see how one could link the Greeks vs. Persians in 300 to the current day tension between the U.S. and Iran. How one can come to the idea that it vilifies the Persians. But I believe that, that way of thinking is dangerous. That very same paranoia is what fuels tensions on both sides of this modern crisis. It is fear not hate that plagues the U.S. and Iran. Fear is an instinctual defensive reflex humans have. But it can blind and prevent sound judgment.

One must judge intent. Maybe they didn’t intentionally portray Persians as aggressive savages, for the purpose of political gain. Also, take into consideration that Hollywood in general has been opposed to the Bush administration, and opposes war in the Middle East.

But I do like the fact that you stand up for your beliefs Amir. If Americans would actively and rationally participate in government, we all might be better off.

Tue Mar 13, 05:23:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Amir said...

Dear fernanie,

You may think that "that way of thinking" is dangerous. But I think "ignorance" is more dangerous. This movie adds up to the "ignorance" of people. It misleads the already mis-informed US public. (Don't get me wrong; The movie itself is a beautiful piece of art).

Knowing that "ignorance" is the problem, I am trying to be a small channel through which Iran can be fairly represented.

Do you still think that "this way of thinking" is dangerous? Did I, in any way, imply any type of hatred? (I am assuming hatred is what you refer to as dangerous. Let me know if it is not the case.)

Tue Mar 13, 07:20:00 PM 2007  
Blogger fernanie2002 said...

No. I don't see any hatred in your argument and no malice or error in defending your national pride. Though we may not be in accord on this subject, you seem to me to be rational and articulate. I must agree that most Americans are misinformed and that ignorance is extremely dangerous. I do understand your worry of ignorant Americans condoning a war with Iran. I see now your intent and it is just.


I just don't believe it was the film maker’s intension to have American people perceive Persians in a negative light. I don't believe that the movie in itself would be at fault if Americans react passively to the thought of war with Iran. Far more dangerous are the stereotypes many stupid Americans have come to believe, brought about by the unfortunate acts of Terrorism, the mass publicizing of ignorant hateful propaganda by extremist, and of coarse the misunderstanding in this clash of cultures.

But you have made a valid point concerning ignorance. I feel your worries are based on reality. And I do support your intent to fight ignorance.

Tue Mar 13, 10:07:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Amir said...

thank you.

Tue Mar 13, 11:16:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Travis said...

Amir,

Taking offence to the movie may well focus on ignorance, but do you really think that people will extrapolate from the time that the movie takes place, some 100+ BC, to the present day?? That would be like someone depicting the Romans as savages, and Italians taking offence. It was a long, long time ago even if it WAS true.

It's a historical drama, intended as entertainment. You definitely have a point when you say that Persians are being misrepresented as a people, but there is no certainty that the events depicted ever happened!

Furthermore, I challenge you to quiz people that have seen the movie as to whether they know where Persia is. I consider myself fairly well-informed, and only found out when I moved in with Ashkan that Persians were still an existant culture. The audience of this movie sees it as purely fictional because they are not educated enough about reality to know any better.

Combining the extreme time difference and lack of education of the intended audience of the film, taking it at all personally is in my opinion unwarranted.

Fri Mar 30, 12:39:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Amir said...

Travis,

I agree that this movie is "intended as entertainment", but I strongly oppose it as being "a historical drama". It is not.

If you consider yourself "fairly well-informed" and you think the general public are ignorant or mis-informed, then you should move in the direction of informing others, and not mis-informing them more and more.

Ignorance can sometimes be very dangerous. (and you probably know what I mean by that).

Fri Mar 30, 01:43:00 PM 2007  
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