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The Daily Show on Chatroulette’s Media Explosion

Is Jon Stewart a a boy, a girl or a pervert? That was my question after last night, when The Daily Show host jumped right on the heels of the New York Times by exploring Chatroulette — or at least the media’s coverage of it.

The Daily Show mention is just another indication of how Chatroulette has blown up since its launch in November 2009, at least in the eyes of the television news world. It seems like it took blogging at least a few years to permeate the zeitgeist in that way, and Twitter had a long period of obscurity before becoming The Technology That Will Change The World. But can anyone recall anything blowing up as fast as Chatroulette has? And is it because the site is really that innovative, or because journalists are just really, really bored?

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