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The Listserve Hopes To Revitalize The Quality Of Online Conversation Through The Oldest Online Social Network -- Email

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 12 2012

What would you say if you suddenly had the opportunity to connect personally with a million of your fellow human beings around the world?

That's a question that a group of five students at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program are currently exploring with their intriguing class project/online social interaction experiment The Listserve, in which one person is chosen by lottery, and given the platform and opportunity to speak to a mass audience through e-mail in a one-shot deal.

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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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