Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. This week I look at the positive — and negative — way the Internet, blogs and Twitter have spread information about the swine flu. There are great resources, maps and tracking sites, but it’s easy to get in a panic as well. Also, Disney joined up in the video site Hulu, putting pressure on CBS, the only major U.S. TV network not a part of the joint venture. I ask “Just One Question” to Peter Shane, executive director of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

Check it out:

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Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

#swineflu search on Twitter

Tracking Internet Chatter Helps Spot Swine Flu Outbreak at Wired Science

Swine flu: Twitter’s power to misinform at Foreign Policy

How to: Track Swine Flu Online at Mashable

Facebook maps the swine flu hysteria at

ABC to Add Its Shows to Videos on Hulu at NY Times

CBS dances alone … for now at LA Times

Building the Ideal Community Information Hub at MediaShift

Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results:

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about swine flu on MediaShift!