USA Today Online, November 23, 1999
For a glimpse of online intimacy, drop by American Love Stories, which tells us how couples bridge differences in personal relationships, find strength and grow more deeply in love. More stories to be added on a regular basis.
...None of these people have ever met in person, but for the past week, they have been revealing emotional details about their personal lives in a unique online forum. Spurred by the engaging PBS documentary series, ''An American Love Story,'' these intimate strangers have volunteered to participate in an ongoing dialogue about race, relationships, prejudice, and other provocative topics. It's an experiment masterminded by a New York operation called Web Lab, which aims to show that the Internet, despite its crass commercialism, can foster intelligent communication among diverse groups.
...Since the 10-hour documentary "An American Love Story" aired Sept. 12-16
on PBS, the "lovestories" Web site has hosted a series of sustained, intimate
group dialogues. The hope: to continue and expand discussion about the
series and the thornier issues of race, relationships and differences that
the series raised.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - ``Love conquers all things,'' the poet Virgil wrote. That may not always be so, but a collection of heartfelt firsthand accounts on the ``American Love Stories'' Web site shows that love is a potent force against potential obstacles like race, age, disability, distance -- and even death.
A 10-hour documentary might seem enough, but PBS and Web Lab have teamed
up to expand the limits of a TV show with the intimate voices and stories
of a cyber public... [V]iewers will be invited to join a new kind of online
discussion group, one that Web Lab executive producer Mark Weiss promises
will be of a higher caliber than most found on the Web.
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