Yesterday, my friend messaged me on Yahoo Messenger and asked me to help her find a five-minute video on any topic for her academic presentation in an English course. Simply because YouTube is blocked in Iran and VPN brings the speed down, watching a short video is almost impossible. I ended up finding her a key-to-success video which basically preached about the power of ambition: you put your mind to it, will happen!
Then, later that night I came across this Facebook status from an Iranian social group called Laughtheropy Clinic:
Internet for us started with chat rooms.
We are the generation of dial-up!
We are used to sitting down for hours and redial even if the lines were busy.
Twice a day we would fall in and out of love with the sound of dial-up tune.
Now, you think you can defeat us by lowering the Internet speed?!
When my friend was calmly telling me about her problem with YouTube, I thought to myself I don't even want to imagine my life without my Internet. "How do they do it?" I asked. I guess the patience and ambition of the dial-up generation is the answer. What do you think?
Can that patience wear out the government?
A red comment on a blocked website in Iran reads "I Hate This Page!"