Daily Digest | The Week that Was (And What a Week It Was)
BY Editors | Friday, June 19 2009
- Iran Roundup: "Re-tweeting Is a Kind of Reporting" With considerable new movement on the ground in Iran -- rallies, protests, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech, the shifting political playing field -- and news cycles that are now measure in hours, if not minutes, are we seeing a slight ebb in the obsession over the idea that what's happening in Iran is best understand as some sort of "Twitter Revolution?" Maybe. Or perhaps that's wishful thinking. Either way, there's still enough to fill a roundup of what's happening in and around Iran when it comes to technology, social media, and the Internet in full.
- Does Twitter Really Not Speak Farsi?
A recent BusinessWeek piece on Iran makes passing reference to the idea that Twitter "does not support the Farsi language, which limits its utility" in Iran -- and the same claim has popped up in other news reports in the last few days. If Twitter was incompatible with the most widely-spoken language of Iran, then that might lend some added weight to the idea that Twitter's role in and around Iran has been overblow. But what the thinking is behind that statement isn't exactly clear.
- "Streamed and Interactive": White House Adds Facebook Chat to Health Care Forum The White House new media team engaged in an interesting first-time-ever sort of thing yesterday afternoon during another "Stakeholder Discussion" about health care reform. The discussions have, in the past, been broadcast live on the White House Live section of their site. But today they've added in another component: a Facebook portion that lets you post updates/observation about the forum.
- PdF Chat Time with Jen Nedeau The latest edition of PdF Chat Time is in. This time Anna talks with social media consultant, progressive activist, feminist speaker and writer Jen Nedeau. Read more here.
- PdF Chat Time with Solana Larsen Next up is Solana Larsen, a Danish-Puerto Rican journalist and activist in New York. Currently, she works as the managing editor of GlobalVoicesOnline.org. See what she has to say about the AP wire sending out blog content.