Iranian MP4 players and Hollywood
Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:35:47 Iran has developed a new generation of handy MP4 devices that can play 190 formats of video and audio files, it was reported on Thursday.
The current players can process a maximum of 13 formats.
The device can also show text files written in Persian and Arabic fonts as well as the files in the Unicode format.
The Iranian version of MP4s weighs 100 grams, has a memory of two gigabytes and can record and play up to 10 hours of video clips.
Hollywood wages war against Iranian culture
Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:41:20 The hit American movie "300", which is an egregious affront to the pride of Iranian nation, has ired the Iranian people all across the globe who believe it insults their ancient culture and provokes animosity against Iran.
It seems the movie is yet another U.S. attempt to tarnish the image of the Iranian culture and civilization. The U.S. animosity against Iran and the Islamic republic is nothing new. The fact is that the U.S. government has launched this mud-slinging game against Iran simply because it has failed in its efforts to haul the Islamic Republic into complete political isolation. Now is the time for a new trick: 300. The U.S. makes every animalistic effort to bring Islamic Republic of Iran to its knees. But the U.S. should know this water is too deep for it to wade in.
The movie, which raked in $70 million in its opening weekend, is based on a comic-book fantasy version of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in which a force of 300 Spartans held off a massive Persian army at a mountain pass in Greece for three days.
Even some American reviewers noted the political overtones of the West-against-Iran story line-and the way Persians are depicted as decadent, sexually flamboyant and evil in contrast to the Greeks.
Javad Shamghadri, cultural adviser to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, said the United States tries to "humiliate" Iran in order to reverse historical reality and "compensate for its wrongdoings in order to provoke American soldiers and warmongers" against Iran.
But aside from politics, the film was seen as an attack on Persian history, a source of pride for Iranians across the political spectrum.
The film depicts Iranians as demons, without culture, feeling or humanity, who think of nothing except attacking other nations and killing people.
It is a new effort to slander the Iranian people and civilization before world public opinion at a time of increasing American threats against Iran.
“300” well serves the policy of the U.S. leadership and will prompt a wave of protest in the world. ... Iranians living in the U.S. and Europe will not be indifferent about this obvious insult.
Art becomes decadent when it is placed in service of the powers-that-be. This film is a tragic event in the history of the cinema and anyone who watches it participates in the act of conducing to the decadence of art.