The US State Department has launched a cartoon, Iran Connect, primarily aimed at highlighting online censorship in Iran but it is also alerting netizens in China and the middle east to its existence via Twitter.
It is not entirely clear why the cartoon has been produced. It aims to be dramatic and with the overtones of deep ominous music and stylized figures in monotones. The question is why? The information it provides could have been put as half a dozen bullet points and would have more chance of reaching an audience.
It is also a mystery why Iranians, Chinese or any other citizen in a repressive regime needs to be told the internet is censored, monitored and otherwise interfered with by the authorities. Anyone capable of viewing the cartoon will already know what is happening. It could well be the first in a series of informative cartoons the next being “Fire: extremely hot” followed by “Water, powerfully wet”.
The money would have been better spent on providing resources to groups who work to provide practical solutions to getting round the likes of the great fire wall rather than trying to knock out a 90 second epic with pretensions of Citizen Cane.