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First POST: Conclusions

BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 21 2012

Dear readers: First POST will be signing off until Monday, Dec. 31.

Straight to camera

  • In a two-minute, 49-second straight-to-camera video posted to YouTube, President Barack Obama responded to petitions relating to gun control posted to the White House's We the People online petitioning site.

    "I just wanted to take a minute today to respond and let you know, we hear you," Obama said, delivering what was perhaps the highest-profile administration response to a petition since using the first petition response to roll out measures related to student debt. Provided one doesn't count the one about the official White House beer recipe.

    Obama had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead a committee to produce recommendations on gun violence by next month. In the video, he voiced support for measures like an assault weapons ban and tighter regulations on ammunition.

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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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