Iran: Generation Post-Revolution
While the “Arab Spring” is still present all over the media, we don’t hear much from a political upheaval in Iran. Iran, where after the Presidential Elections 2009, millions of people went on the street and demonstrated for liberal reforms in the country. Even not in the time when international embargoes cause severe existential problems for the Iranian society’s working class. The Washington Post then referred to the Iranian youth as “couch rebels” who prefer to share photos of protests on Facebook rather than going on the street and protest for a better life.
But while Hollywood productions such as “Argo” or “Not without my Daughter” discredit the Iranian post-revolutionary society, the unmet wish of liberal reforms and freedom has led this young generation of Iranians to organize their needs in a matchless underground scene. The scene reaches from 50 people gatherings where every major brand spirit is served, to underground music bands such as „Garage480„ who spread themselves over social networks. The upper and middle class of the population, where most of the “couch rebels” come from, can survive the severe economic conditions materially. Thus they have given up the aim of diametrical changes as the constant fear to lose even this option of living their materially sophisticated life and become a lost generation as happened in Syria is their daily companion.