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A very brief observation on Neda

She being the Iranian woman gunned down by the Iranian authorities the other day.

A day or so back I was wondering whether the Iranian events would furnish the world with a Tianamen Square 'tank man' or a Jan Palach (qv), and sadly for her family and friends it is her.

It is a grim way to achieve immortality, and it is perhaps just as well that is so hard to think of many more individuals who in their sacrifice symbolise an event.

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Anonymous jus'askin said... 10:21 pm

"A day or so back I was wondering whether the Iranian events would furnish the world with a Tianamen Square 'tank man' or a Jan Palach..."

How could you doubt that it wouldn't? The narrative of news media demands an individual that events can be structured around. Inevitably an individual will emerge. If events do not provide one then the media will manufacture one.
How sure are you of the back story to this one?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:26 pm

And I thought *I* was a drop-forged cynic. Still, a worthy point.  



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