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Podcast: Kyrgyz “revolution 2.0″ through the eyes of foreigners

I happened to be far from my country, Kyrgyzstan, when the recent bloody events happened in its capital city Bishkek. I was taking part in an event called YouthExchange 2010 that was held in Budapest, Hungary, and was about internet, new media, and populism. Though I was thousand miles away, I tried my best to follow the developments in my home country. I was closely watching the foreign media, both Russian and western, which, to a great surprise, almost had a same message, and also new media tools like Twitter, YouTube, and online forums. It must be noted people did a great job reporting on the events in Bishkek using new media services, especially Twitter.

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It is commonly known  that when there is a conflict happening in a country of strategic importance to several great powers, like Kyrgyzstan, great powers try to use it as much as possible for their own advantage. And this is usually done via mass media. Thinking about this, I became curious to what extent others participants of YouthExchagen 2010, who came from different parts of the world, were informed about the events taking place in Kyrgyzstan. And I decided to make a podcast with them questioning them about the recent developments in Kyrgyzstan, and to tell the truth, I was amazed how well some of them were informed.

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