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Worth Watching: Pariser, Vaidhyanathan, Morozov and Weisberg On Whether the Internet is Closing Our Minds

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 18 2012

They say that anyone who knows what's good for him will avoid arguing on the Internet.

But what of arguing about the Internet?

That's what four net-centric thinkers — MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, "Googlization of Everything" author Siva Vaidhyanathan, Slate's Jacob Weisberg and "Net Delusion" author Evgeny Morozov — did Tuesday at an Oxford-style debate organized by Intelligence Squared U.S. and held here in New York. At issue: "When it Comes to Politics, The Internet is Closing Our Minds.”

Pariser — author of "The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You" — and Vaidhyanathan argued in favor and won by moving 25 percent of attendees over to their position.

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The Europe roundup: Petition Your Council. Easily.

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 6 2011

UK | Petition Your Council. Easily. Yesterday mySociety.org launched a new project called PetitionYourCouncil.com: the website has been built to make it easy to petition your local council using their official online ... Read More

When Rwanda's Kagame Says No One Has the Right to Criticize Him...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

He's willing to enforce it. Over on the Independent, Rob Hastings writes up this weekend's "Twitter spat" between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and former Independent deputy editor Ian Birrell. What set up the ... Read More

Debate Prep: How to Join In the Fun [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 25 2008

We're not sure if there's going to be a presidential debate tomorrow night or not, but either way it can't hurt to highlight some of the ways viewers can participate in advance or during the actual event: 1. MySpace is ... Read More

Daily Digest: A Landmark Day! (Yawn)

BY Joshua Sherman | Wednesday, August 6 2008

Myspace and the Commission on President Debates announce a partnership, Paris Hilton responds to McCain campaign's video, McCain continues the "celebrity" attacks, and Republican Twitter movement is hardly a movement at ... Read More

"I was tied up at the time."

BY David All | Monday, October 22 2007

John McCain nailed a homerun last night with one line which included smart buzz words like Hillary Clinton + Woodstock + earmarks. And in a way that only John McCain could do, he appropriately reminded the audience of ... Read More

Why No Republican Mashup Debate?

BY Patrick Ruffini | Monday, September 24 2007

We have had yet another online debate (YAOD), and once again, the Democratic candidates have been first to participate, with the Republicans nowhere in sight. As the guy who was all hot and bothered about the YouTube ... Read More

User-Generated Content: An ingredient for Presidential debates?

BY David All | Saturday, August 4 2007

Minutes after the Democratic YouTube/CNN debate in Charleston, S.C., I reacted to the debate for TechPresidentTV saying, "I don't think we're ever going to see another debate without a YouTube component in some way. And ... Read More

Rudy Bails on YouTube Debate. Romney Next?

BY Patrick Ruffini | Thursday, July 26 2007

Over the last few hours, I'd been hearing buzz that GOP candidates were going wobbly on the CNN/YouTube debate. I was dismissive. Given the huge earned media hit the Democrats got this week, the fact that even the highly ... Read More

Spin, Advice, and Revelations: Vlogs from the YouTube/CNN debate

BY David All | Tuesday, July 24 2007

On Monday I went to Charleston, S.C. for the Dems' YouTube/CNN debate. I was planning on live-blogging the debate, and man did I have a great seat, but given the intense level of security at the Citadel (no electronics ... Read More