Andy Carvin's iPhone


National Public Radio reporter Andy Carvin used this iPhone 3GS to monitor stories on Twitter during the Arab Spring movement in the winter of 2011. Twitter and social media became a large source of news during the movement as users on the ground in the Middle East relayed news and real-time events, and reporters like Andy strove to distill the truth from the rumors. The spread of communication technology like the iPhone allowed instantaneous mobile contact, allowing Carvin to use Twitter as a tool to create an online community of volunteers who served as sources, translators and researchers. Heavily used, the phone has a cracked screen and multiple stickers on the back.

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Credit Line: Gift of Andy Carvin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0213.01Catalog Number: 2013.0213.01Accession Number: 2013.0213

Object Name: phone

Physical Description: glass (overall material)black (overall color)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 11/16 in; 11.43 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.74625 cm


Record Id: nmah_1447789

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