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Fieldnotes from the Iran twitterstream

Perhaps you've been like me, glued to the twitterstreams about Iran over the past days.  It's been compelling watching, a new kind of media experience delivered not only in tweet-sized bits but in the knitting together of multiple media forms and sources.  As Clay Shirky points out in his articulate way in an interview posted the Tedblog yesterday, we're seeing the media invent itself in real time.

Horror of horrors—I am finally done with newspapers

What did it?  Twitter.  O.k., I may be late to the game, many people I know have stopped reading newspapers a long time ago.  By newspapers I mean their physical incarnations.  Many of my colleagues and friends have turned to online news sites, magazines, and blogs.  For me, however, these somehow didn’t provide a good substitute for the “real” thing, particularly as the “real” thing was such a big part of my morning “news with coffee” ritual.  Even when I stopped reading the New York Times in the morning for news, I still read it for feature articles and deep analysis.  T

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