Updated on June 28, 2009
Yet these are not the only places â€“ even as the Iranian government clamps down on freedoms of expression, many voices are finding their way out from censorship and repression to show and tell whatâ€™s going on, literally at the street-view level.
These voices are being heard via social media channels like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and more.
Photo-sharing sites like Flickr already offer hundreds of images taken by many people on the ground in Tehran, Shiraz, Qom and other cities.
Twitterâ€™s probably the best place to get a sense of the speed of conversation development â€“ far faster than the mainstream media can keep up with â€“ via hashtags like #IranElection, the top-trending topic on Twitter as I write this post.
This is especially so when governments attempt to prevent such informal communication by disabling networks and other actions.
Among the many media stories about whatâ€™s happening in Iran, â€œThe Revolution Will Be Twitteredâ€ by Andrew Sullivan writing in The Atlantic caught my eye because of these three simple but powerful sentences:
[â€¦] You cannot stop people any longer. You cannot control them any longer. They can bypass your established media; they can broadcast to one another; they can organize as never before.
Whether voices like those in Iran will make any difference to anything remains to be seen, though.
But keep talking, people in Iran â€“ weâ€™re listening.