As an America born journalist living in Iran I have become an astute observer of media coverage and how it affects relations between Iran and the rest of the world.
Regardless of which country you’re from or which government you support, it’s hard to deny that the news coverage of Iran focuses almost entirely on government personalities, political unrest, and foreign policy. While there are real issues at stake, my biggest fear is that the Iranian people and their culture are getting ignored in the process or even worse confused with their government’s policies.
Since 2001 I’ve covered Iran for a variety of American media outlets, I’ve traveled throughout the country, met Iranians of all backgrounds, partaken in their celebrations, waded through the same bureaucracy they do, been subjected to the country’s laws and restrictions, and come to understand their worldview.
Many of these experiences have been completely foreign to me, but they offer a tremendous insight into the real Iranian culture that very few people outside of the country understand. On a regular basis I am confronted with bizarre—often hilarious— aspects of day to day life in Iran.
IranSolo is an outlet to share these more lighthearted encounters and hopefully shed better light on what it’s really like over here.