It amazes me that things are still happening to make me think the Internet is more important than I already thought it was.
On Saturday I became aware significant things were happening in Iran, when I saw posts by Iranian-Americans who happen to be my Facebook friends, expressing horror at the failure of the U.S. TV networks to cover what was going on. Immediately I went to Andrew Sullivan's blog and got up to speed -- in times of crisis, one suddenly realizes which news sources one actually trusts. Juan Cole's blog also delivered -- these were sites I hadn't even visited that recently, but they were the first places I went to for analysis of the crisis, and they didn't disappoint. My Iranian-American Facebook friends posted other helpful links.
When I talked on the phone to people who happened to be spending the weekend offline, they seemed completely uninformed about what was happening. Many thought the official election results put out by Ahmadinejad's supporters were the real results, and had no idea there was fighting in Tehran. Some of the political bloggers themselves seemed astonished at how bad a job the mainstream media were doing.