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Quarter of Young Online British Posted Election Commentary

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 7 2010

A YouGov survey of the British public commissioned by the phone company Orange has found that nearly a quarter of online respondents ages 18-to-24 (note the important qualifier) reported having commented on the election on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks sites. That's compared to just 10% of the general pool of respondents of all ages who reported having done the same. Younger Britons included in the survey also expressed a high-level of interest in the election; 81% of that age group said that they had an interest in the campaign. Compare that to 77% of those ages 45-54 who said the same.

Those findings are come as part of a pre-release of a fuller study to be called "The Orange Digital Election Report" due out June 8th.

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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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