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10:14am: My friend emails me this article: A Nebraska judge bans the word rape from his courtroom . Which, in reading the article I become upset for many reasons. Women's rights, first amendment rights, male chauvinism, I could go on and on.

10:29am: I email it to three more friends. One friend replies with this "Freedom of speech is being banned all over: http://www.breitbart.tv/html/2042.html" Another IM's me through Gmail's messenger about how irate the article made them.

11:23am: I start googling this judge and the trial. I find his name, Jeffre Cheuvront, his address, and his phone number. I go back to the original article on Slate and I write a comment to the article. I start googling other opinions on the situation. I find blogs, articles, and tons of opinions.

11:30am: I begin to write the judge a letter to explain to the judge the harm of taking out the words: rape, sexual assault, victim, assailant, and sexual assault kits, etc.

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Within one hour of receiving a internet based email, I'm on the wire sharing and becoming an activist. Ten years ago this process would have taken much longer and would have looked much different.

The dissemination of information and political activism is constantly evolving, but this is a great example of: a) just how available information is and b) the speed at which I can spread a message I consider socially important and encourage others to do the same.

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