“Follow me on Instagram!” is the new “What’s your phone number?” I explored this and the impact it may have on us getting to know each other in a piece for The New York Post. I've shared an extract of the article here...
Last month, some of Iran’s top models were arrested for posting pictures of themselves on social media without the veil.
The arrests came under Operation Spider 2, a crackdown launched two years ago that appears to predominantly target those in the fashion industry in a bid to renew “Islamic values” and “monitor the use of social media by the Western imperialist powers to change the Iranian-Islamic life-style.”
Indeed, the Internet and social media has arguably democratized the whole world. But whereas some consider this a negative change, it’s more productive to view as potential for growth, rather than a moving away from fundamental values that are intrinsic to the core of a society.
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