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Obama to postpone a speech to avoid competing with TV series Lost

Today on the Net : Web users encourage Barack Obama to postpone a speech to avoid competing with a TV series; the blogosphere protests against the suspension of the Canadian Parliament; and Chinese cyber dissidents express solidarity with Iranian opponents.

BARACK OBAMA VS. LOST

‘I can’t imagine a scenario in which millions of people hoping to see a sort of conclusion to Lost are prevented from doing so by the President’. These remarks were made by Robert Gibbs, Barack Obama’s spokesman to explain the US President’s decision not to give his annual state of the Union address on February two. The last season of the Lost series, recounting the adventures of survivors of an air crash, beached on a mysterious island, is supposed to begin on the very same evening.

This is therefore a victory for the net users who rallied on social networks to implore the President to opt for a different speech date.

This female video blogger declared that all good Americans would be watching the series on the day in question.

‘Come on Mr Obama, you must have some kind of patriotic pride and watch Lost. Everyone wants to know what’s going on on the island!’

But Obama’s decision does not please all net users. This American blogger judges his compatriots severely, criticising them for being more interested in a TV series than by the affairs and future of the nation. And he urges them the show greater maturity.

This French blogger describes Obama’s decision as intelligent and strategic. He feels that if Obama had decided to go ahead with the speech on February two as planned, he could risk giving the cold shoulder to at least ten million viewers, who are also potential voters.

CANADIAN PARLIAMENT PROROGATED

The Canadian Parliament buildings have remained empty since the end of the holidays. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has suspended parliamentary work until March, evoking the need to establish a new economic framework.

But the prorogation of Parliament, the second in two years, is irritating Canadian net users. 150,000 have rallied on Facebook to call on MPs to return to work.

Discontent which is aimed at Stephen Harper, caricatured in this video with the features of a naughty child. The Prime Minister is accused of shirking his responsibilities, particularly concerning sensitive issues.

This female video blogger
is calling on Canadians to participate in street protests on January twenty three. Protests organised on this website are expected to spread across the country. The aim being to show that a country willing to send its children to war to defend the freedom of others, will not allow its democratic institutions to be overridden.

CHINA: SUPPORT FOR IRANIAN OPPOSITION

Although Beijing is accused of supplying Teheran with armoured vehicles to disperse protesters hostile to the regime, the bloody repression of Iranian opponents is not leaving the Chinese blogosphere indifferent. Avoiding censorship, cyber dissidents have created this site which compiles Chinese net users’ messages of solidarity with the green movement.

BRIAN LIMOND

Brian Limond, alias Limmy is living a fairy tale. Drawing on the success of his website, where he posts videos of his sketches online, the thirty five year old Scottish comedian now boasts his own show on the BBC. The programme will only be broadcast in Scotland. But he is almost certain that episodes will appear online in some way or another.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

A little alien arrives on Earth and to communicate with his beloved, who has remained on the far away planet, he draws patterns in corn fields. This is the explanation given for mysterious crop circles, by ‘Invasions’, a short film directed by Clément Morin, a young Frenchman, who graduated from the prestigious Gobelins visual arts school.

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