This post may, in some ways, be similar to Hossein Derakhshan's "Let's start shaping...". Perhaps it could be viewed as an example:
The other night I was watching a semi-documentary on Channel 4 called "Iran Undercover". The program was made by a Canadian journalist who had been trying to show some of those realities that, as she believed, Zahra Kazemi had previously given her life to find out. For this, she had visited different (to say) oppositions in Iran, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. Despite all her efforts and all the risks she said she had been taking in the Islamic State, the program was not professionally well made: her resources did not seem quite credible and her story was very much biased. But most important for me was that unfortunately her focus was on recent student movements in Iran.
Back in Iran, and it is not a long time ago, I was relatively active or at least close to many of those who were active in the so called student movement. Honestly, watching her story, I was really shocked as I did not know any of those whom she mentioned as "leaders" of the movement. I do not have any intention to say she was faking, nor do I have the valid evidence to prove such a claim and after all, there actually was some measure of truth in her portrait of Iran. Simply, I just want to note that lack of independent literature on the recent Iranian socio-political situation by Iranians simply creates enough room for rather manipulated or poorly informed productions by foreign journalists. Just to have some idea of how far the images could be from the realities of Iran society, I mention an example:
At some stage of her analysis, she pointed to the local council elections and the very low level of turnout in large cities like Tehran. Then, while showing footage of an Iranian student movement leader (whom I never had heard of), she suggested that his letter being smuggled out of prison and his appeal to Iranians not to participate in a "sham" was the main reason for the masses not to take part in that election.
There is no doubt that anybody who knows Iran and its complex social situation would find such a deduction ridiculous. Yet despite her broad exaggerations (e.g. about intelligence service activities in Iran), one could still find some realities in her report, such as the corruption of judicial system or violence practiced by unofficial militias.
Having watched that feature, I felt the necessity of intellectual discourse and clarification of ambiguities about Iran more than ever. As an Iranian student living outside of Iran, as an Iranian citizen who thinks of himself as being concerned about his country, it was more than unbearable for me to watch somebody call himself a leader of the Iranian student movement, an ex-political-prisoner, and then shout to the camera: "I love Jennifer Lopez!"