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The blogosphere reacts to Bagdad's violence

Net users react following attacks which left over 150 dead in Bagdad; fans of Michael Jackson rally online for the release of the film ‘This is it’; and a blog lists and reveals dozens of letters and correspondences.

 IRAQ BOMBINGS
 
A bloody Sunday in the streets of Bagdad. A double car bomb targeting official buildings left at least 155 dead and injured 500 this weekend. A fresh wave of violence which generated reactions in the blogosphere.
  
This American expert considers that the aim of these attacks is not only to destabilise the Prime Minister, al-Maliki. According to him, these are acts of revenge orchestrated by the Sunni guerrilla movement against the Ministry of Justice, which ordered the execution of several of its leaders.


This Iraqi blogger expresses his anger at seeing insurgents once again targeting civilians. He also criticises those in the Arab world who prefer to condemn foreign occupation instead of mourning the deaths of dozens of innocent people and condemning those directly responsible for the tragedy.


And whether they are posted online by foreign soldiers or by insurgents, many videos bear testimony to the climate of violence which now reigns in the country. This one for example shows last month’s attack which targeted a police station in the west of the country.


A situation which worries another Iraqi blogger, who explains being aware of experiencing an important era in his country’s history. He describes the tension as palpable in the streets of Bagdad with the approach of the legislative elections set for January. And he crosses his fingers, hoping that his nation will finally live in peace.
 



MICHAEL JACKSON : THIS IS IT
 
 
On Wednesday, fans of Michael Jackson around the world will discover ‘This is it’, the superstar’s posthumous film-concert. An event casing an online sensation


And it is an occasion for fans of the King of Pop around the world to multiply the number of flash-mobs. The aim of these gatherings being to offer large scale performances of one of the artist’s hit song choreographies.

Net users have turned to Facebook to organise these fleeting meetings and to attempt to beat the record of 13,994 people, who gathered in Mexico City last August.


On video share sites, novice and seasoned dancers alike continue to pay tribute to their idol. Here young gymnasts from Marseilles perform the choreography of Thriller.

This US net user analyses the famous moonwalk for those who dream of dancing like Michael Jackson.


Meanwhile this Dutch man copies the King of Pop’s most famous dance moves in the middle of the countryside.

But others have launched a protest movement on the web. On the site, ‘This is not it’, some fans claim that the film provides a deformed vision of the singers’ last days. According to them, Jackson was already dying during filming. And while accusing the film-makers of ignoring the superstar’s state of health to make money, they request that light be shed on the circumstances surrounding his death.


 
 
ASSASSIN’S CREED


On Tuesday the editor of the French video game, Ubisoft will broadcast online its first short film. The aim being to promote the video game "Assassin’s Creed 2", which will be released on November 19 in Europe. The twelve minute film, available on Youtube, is the first in a series of three offerings entitled "Assassin’s Creed Lineage". A way for Ubisoft to demonstrate its desire to diversify.

 


LETTERS

 
The blog ‘Letters of note’ is a fascinating collection of correspondences. Intimate moments and major historical events are told through a prism of words. Net users can thus read a letter sent by a twelve year old Fidel Castro to the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which Fidel asks Roosevelt to send him a ten dollar bill, or this love letter sent by the Mexican painter, Frida Kalho to her husband Diego Riviera. Launched at the start of September, the blog now offers almost one hundred letters, each including an image of the original and a transcription of the content in English.
 


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The World Trade Centre’s twin towers brought back to life with increased reality technology. This allows interactive 3D elements added to an image to appear on a screen. This video shows how, with the use of a mobile, and by pointing it at the twin towers district, it is possible to see them in their original position.
 


 

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