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...And the Senator Calls Back

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 15 2010

Or rather, the Senator posts a response video on YouTube. Remember Lauren and Ellie, the pair of Colorado college kids who fired up the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's organizing tools, called their home-state Senator Michael Bennet to push him to oppose Don't Ask Don't Tell, and then recorded the whole thing in an video posted to YouTube?

Well, this being 2010, Bennet, naturally, posts a response video. Ben Smith has the 16-second video. Bennet tells Lauren and Ellen, "thanks for your advocacy," and then tells the pair that he does, indeed, already support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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