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Clearing the Cache: Doctors, Nurses, Resistance

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 16 2009

  • It may go without saying, but one of the more notable aspects of new media coverage of Iran is that the news is atomized -- that is, rather than having one or two big "Iran stories" on the home page of a website, literally thousands of niche stories are floating around at any one time. Above, for example, is a video clip of what the YouTube caption says is a protest against violence held by doctors and nurses at Tehran's Rasoul Akram Hospital that took place this morning, local time.
  • And that atomization seems to be rubbing off on more establishment news sources. To wit, NYTimes.com's The Lede blog, which has been tracking the events in Iran aggregator-style, has to navigate the narrowing gulf between what it's doing and how the paper's reporters are now operating: "To put these updates in context, please read the main news article on our Web site...which will also be updated continuously throughout the day."
  • Game on, it seems. The long-time-coming Senate Commerce Committee confirmation of Julius Genachowski to head the FCC is set to kick off at 2:30pm ET today.
  • Kundra talks dashboards.
  • BarackObama.com's Share Your Story health care feature helpfully offers three options for what your story might be about -- which happen to mirror Obama's three pillars of health care reform. (While we're on the topic, anyone find it a little weird that the URL for Organizing for America, a branch of the DNC, is still "BarackObama.com"?)
  • A South Carolina Republican consultant gets called out for a race-based tweet, and then walks it back: "I sincerely apologize for the comments I made on Twitter yesterday. I made a mistake." (Thanks Shaun Dakin)
  • I'm mostly linking this one up because it introduced me to the concept of "twoosh." Send out the best exactly-140-character tweet in support of Ohio candidate John Kasich, and you get to play "advisor" for a day. Care to think up another word for time spent crafting exactly 140-character tweets?
  • The CIA has redesigned its helpful World Fact Book website, and it does seem somewhat more navigable.
  • And the Department of Homeland Security gets a blog. A Twitter account? Come on, they've had that for months.