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The wide circulation of “media lists,” with personal e-mail addresses of prominent newspaper editors and television news directors, has extended the edges of the revolution directly into the media’s e-mail in-boxes.

Michael Cooke, editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, has watched the number of e-mails he receives “balloon” since shortly after Election Day. On Monday, he received about 1,450 emails, most of them urging him to oppose any “re-votes” in Florida. At least that’s what Cooke said, based on some sampling.

“Basically, I just delete them,” he said. “I scroll through the list looking for my boss’s name. If I don’t see his name in the ‘from’ box, I don’t even look at it.

“This is the first time I’ve been spammed like this, and it’s annoying. Now instead of going out to lunch, I just sit there deleting e-mails.”

The [Boston] Globe’s editor, Matthew V. Storin, reports a similar deluge. Between Friday afternoon and Monday evening, he received 2,193 emails, the vast majority related to the voting in Florida. Later, he gave an update: Between 11 p.m. Monday and 10:40 a.m. yesterday he received 310 emails.…

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