وزارد او دا وستساد
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American blog of Iranian dissent

The Entreprenoors

In this digital age, it's the revenge of the nerds who are status-updating all the way the way to the bank. Now the millenial generation steeped in iThis and myThat has gotten the Hollywood treatment with 'The Social Network' about Facebook entrepreneur-turned-emperor Mark Zuckerberg.

The flick about virtual reality is virtually devoid of Asian geeks, who've played a significant role as architects of Web 2.0 and 'Social Media'. Iranians, Indians and Orientals (can we still say that?) have been a big part of the new Silicon Valley, from execs to engineers.

At Facebook headquarters in the heart of Palo Alto -- where soc.culture.iranian was launched -- there's plenty of Persian making things happen. Like Niloofar Nafici and her husband Navid Mansourian, two twentysomethings who harnessed the power of Social Media activism during the #IranElection wave last year. Then earlier this year they organized a Norouz feast at Facebook HQs. I've corralled several of these tech-heads on a Twitter List.

The only racial/ethnic minority character in the film is played a white dude of Italian heritage, as this WSJ article referenced by Roger Ebert points out. Some of those same South Asians are complaining about the forthcoming Freddie Mercury project in the works that cast Sascha Baron Cohen for the role of the Queen frontman. SBC has Persian roots, thus has Mercury inside him. So we won't touch that one.

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