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The Electronic Rumor Mill

Posted August 23rd, 2010 at 11:51 pm (UTC-4)
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The false rumor that President Barack Obama is Muslim has been getting a lot of attention recently, fueled in part by a new poll suggesting a growing number of Americans believe it to be true. The rumor itself isn’t new – it’s been around since before Mr. Obama began his run for the Presidency. But […]

The Distraction Machine

Posted July 30th, 2010 at 1:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Is the Internet Making Us Smarter, or Dumber? A controversial new book by journalist Nicholas Carr makes the bold claim that the Internet is not only changing how we think, but that it’s also lessening the quality of our thought.  Amid the many changes the Internet is bringing to our cultures, a new questions arises: […]

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Virtual Life and Digital Death

Posted July 15th, 2010 at 3:18 pm (UTC-4)
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As social networking websites grow more popular and complex, users develop something like a virtual life online. People meet, argue, have relationships, and mark major life events. But what happens to your digital self when you die? VOA’s Jessica Stahl has this exploration of digital life beyond the “Great If” here.

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iPad, or e-Distraction?

Posted May 14th, 2010 at 3:27 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s not yet clear whether the iPad will become the next hot ‘must-have’ gadget or just another flash in the digital pan. But this much is certain: it’s now at the center of a heated national debate – one that involves technology, responsibility, and President Barack Obama. VOA’s Doug Bernard has more here.

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Cell Phones Opening New Vistas in Mideast

Posted May 7th, 2010 at 3:23 pm (UTC-4)
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The rapid spread of cell phones in the Middle East over the past decade has created a new space for young people in closed societies to interact and express themselves while providing activists with more efficient ways to organize massive political campaigns. In so doing, mobile technology is reshaping the region’s cultural landscape.  VOA’s Aida […]

Blogs As Journalism In Iran

Posted April 13th, 2010 at 3:37 pm (UTC-4)
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Iran is home to one of the most vibrant and active blogging cultures in all the Islamic world.  This in a nation whose government has an ambivalent relationship with bloggers – at best. VOA’s Doug Bernard has this look at how the Internet is changing the way Iranians learn about the world – and how […]

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