Thu, Dec 13, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

State of the RE:Union with Al Letson

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Internet Communities - Making the Virtual Real -- At this point in the 21st century, the way we meet people, establish connections, maintain our relationships and fight for what we believe in has been radically transformed by the Internet. But often, when we're talking about these changes, the focus is either on pure enthusiasm about the limitless possibilities presented by the Web, or anxiety about online connections replacing physical ones. The show features stories of the Internet's impact on community-building in human terms, on the messy level of people's daily existence, where its effects are rarely solely positive or negative. These are stories of wholesale life transformations facilitated by the Internet and of the ways the "virtual" has turned into the "real" in people's lives.

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