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Radio days of the revolution: Goodbye Soviet Russia, hello North Korea

March 25, 2011 / Comments Off on Radio days of the revolution: Goodbye Soviet Russia, hello North Korea
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Vintage radio representing BBC Russia

After 65 years, BBC Russia shut down its radio service this week, with all the attendant “end of an era” sighing. That era ended 20 years ago, but hey, who doesn’t appreciate an opportunity to wax nostalgic. If you read anything at all about dissidence in the Soviet days, tuning into illegal radio broadcasts is…

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Twitter revolution? Sorry, the revolution is not being tweeted

February 23, 2011 / Comments Off on Twitter revolution? Sorry, the revolution is not being tweeted
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Twitter Revolution: Gadhafi Tweet

Hanging out on Twitter makes for an odd perspective on world events. Like Revolution 2011 World Tour. There’s an expectation to comment on these major upheavals. And at the same time, an expectation that seeing lunch tweets interspersed with desperate pleas from protesters is meant to make us uncomfortable. It does. (But then, we’re also…

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