Wednesday, July 12, 2006

About the revolver

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(response to Matt’s question)

The photo of the revolver that is featured in this blog is from a mural in front of the former American Embassy. I am posting a few photos of that mural so that you get an idea of what it looks like.






6 comments:

David Mohammad Yaghoobi said...

I love the artwork found outside the former American embassy – which isn't to say I have an opinion either way about the history and traggic events – but I enjoy all that it means to many different people. For me, the "death to America" chants, further political artworks around the city and flag burning are part of the colourful mix of Iran, the afirmation of identity, no matter how confused it is. I've heard it's forbidden to photograph the artwork and so far I've only manage to get one shot – also of the gun.

Matt said...

Thank you very much for answering my question, I appreciate it. I'd like to go to Iran sometime, it'd be after I get out of college though. My parents would never let me go now. Also, I'll be gone till August (see my blog for more info, if you're curious) so don't believe it's me if anyone comments with my name, ok? Have a good one, stay cool!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am an American graduate student, and I am working on a research project about the attitudes of English in Iran. I am looking for honest answers from people who understand the everyday culture of Iran. Would you mind offering your thoughts on a few questions? I would love to read your answers.

How would you say most people in Iran feel about the use of English?

Are people eager to learn English, or is Persian the preferred language?

When and how is English used?

What are your personal attitudes toward English?

Why did you want to learn English?

Any insight you might offer would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Stephanie

ET said...

Stephanie, if you want an answer, use the "write to us" link on the right of the page to contact me.

Anonymous said...

Hey David Mohammad Yaghoobi,

I love this artwork found here: http://dan.parnell.name/blog/cabinatic/uploaded_images/iranex-737803.jpg

– which isn't to say I have an opinion either way about the history and traggic events – but I enjoy all that it means to many different people. For me, the "death to Iran" chants, further political artworks around the city and flag burning are part of the colourful mix of Amerikia, the afirmation of identity, no matter how confused it is. Here in Amerkia, it's not forbidden to photograph the artwork!

ET said...

DMY, I am not sure what your last comment means or why you added the image.

I think the death to America chats...etc. do nothing to further Iranian identity. They are embarassing and authoritarian and nasty (despite the fact that they are also meaningless). I mean, watching 10s of thousands of Iranians chanting death to america in mecca is just sick. If Americans chanted death to iran in their churches and synagogues it would be condemned. It seems to me that perpetrating this kind of chanting and play acting further erodes Iran's culture. I am sometimes tempted to laugh and pass it off as kitsch, which it is, but that does not mean that it does not have a cost. That cost is more to Iran than to America.

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