Any first time visitor to Tehran will notice how much the city has been changed not only in physical / environmental sense, but the increasing divide one sees between the rich and poor classes of Iranians. As Behrouz Mina poignantly brings to our attention in his perceptive article Rich Kids of the Revolution, one does not need the Instagram of Rich Kids of Tehran to remind residents how “conspicuous consumption and over the top luxury have become hallmarks of Iranian society in the fourth decade of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution that started by promising justice and free bread for all….“The class divide in Iran is a direct result of state monopolies,” Javad, a professor at Tehran University, tells IranWire. He believes that contrary to popular belief, the roots of a phenomenon like Tehran Rich Kids is found in the feverish day of the revolution. “Nationalizing the Iranian economy in the early days of the revolution had no other result other than creating numerous economic monopolies for the revolutionaries and their dependents.”
As expected, Iranian officials have reacted to the news about the Instagram account of “Rich Kids of Tehran,” blocking it inside Iran. But as it has been demonstrated repeatedly, this will not be a final solution. Young Iranians have an incredible ability to bypass internet control in Iran.