Let's not get carried away about Twitter power's role in Iran's demonstrations.

Media criticism.
June 17 2009 5:33 PM

Doubting Twitter

Let's not get carried away about its role in Iran's demonstrations.

Read more of Slate's coverage of Iran's June 12 election and its aftermath.

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