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July 12, 2004


>In this article the phone line project is described, in which
>ordinary Palestinians and Israelis can call a special number and talk
>to each other. The project has been wildly popular, with floods of

I love the idea of a telephone hotline where people can call to talk
to another random person about a hotbutton issue. The utility of an
anonymous phone exchange where folks can speak honestly to people on
the other side of a contentious issue should extend to many debates
beyond Mideast Peace. I'd love to see such a phone exchange about the
abortion debate, where violence has also occurred and people on
opposite sides demonize each other. For such emotional topics, a
phone exchange should work be far more effective than Usenet, as it
would be harder to flame a particular individual if you could hear
his/her voice.

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