The Vulgar Spirit of Blogging - ethnographic study of Persian-language weblogs
Alireza Doostdar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, American Anthropologist
This article is an ethnographic study of Persian-language weblogs (blogs), focusing on a divisive argument among Iranian bloggers that came to be known as the "vulgarity debate."
Sparked by a controversial blogger who ridiculed assertions that Islam was compatible with human rights, the debate revolved around the claim that biogging had a "vulgar spirit" that made it easy for everything from standards of writing to principles of logical reasoning to be undermined. >> continue (pdf)
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