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Visit Newseum–An Online (And Actual) News Museum

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 9, 2009

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So what if you could just look at a map of the entire universe–OK, just the Earth, but that’s still pretty good coverage, you have to admit–and then click on a city and immediately see the front page of today’s newspaper? Pretty cool, huh? Well, that’s what the wonderful folk at Newseum have done for you. You can also see archived pages for special events, say, the recent inauguration. You can sort the papers by continent if you wish; for example you may only be interested in inaugural coverage in the United States, or maybe you want to see how the event was covered in Europe or the Middle East. Yeah, I had a problem with reading the Arabic papers myself. But I could figure out the pictures pretty well. I’m gifted like that. After perusing the site, I discovered that Newseum is more than newspapers. They have access to exhibits and theaters, news-related events and education, and even “fun and games.” You can even shop and dine. How exactly do you dine online? Actually, there’s an actual Newseum museum, billed as the “World’s Most Interactive Museum” located in Washington, DC, where you have go to do the actual dining. (Did you enjoy how I used the word “actual” or its derivatives three times in that one sentence? I should write a novel or something!) You can even buy tickets on the Newseum site. But you can’t actually dine on the site. The Newseum’s restaurant, however, is D. C.’s first fine-dining restaurant headlined by Wolfgang Puck. So go! Visit the site! Visit the actual museum! Learn something! And if you learn how to read Arabic, email me and tell me how to do it. Or at least fill me in on how to write a sentence without using the word “actual” three times.

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