In this edition : a transition Government has been established in Guinea. Local net users react ; the anti binge drinking campaign in the UK divides the web ; a US designer launches a series of videos to defend online sharing.
This net user remains cautious. He feels that the Transition Government’s institutional framework still requires definition. A situation which could generate problems at the state summit.
This text, which is circulating in the Guinean blogosphere, also emits doubts as to the structure of this Government. The author is opposed to the fact that the junta, in his mind made up of criminals, occupies key positions.
According to the transition agreement, the Prime Minister is not authorised to run for the elections that he is in charge of organising.
The UK Government is combating ‘binge drinking’. A practice which involves drinking copious amounts of alcohol as quickly as possible. Starting in April, pubs, bars and night clubs will no longer be allowed to offer promotions and competitions awarding those who drink the fastest or offers such as, ‘all you can drink for ten pounds’.
This net user remarks that politicians should instead be questioning what causes young people to excessively drink in the first place.
But many are welcoming the initiative. This female blogger is sorry that binge drinking is part of British culture. She recalls that the most popular I-Phone application is I-pint, a game in which players drink beer.
And other countries are also fighting this phenomenon. In France, Paris City Hall has launched a horror film competition about the issue. 15 to 25 year olds are invited to make short videos denouncing the practice.
‘Copying is not stealing, copying is sharing’. These are the lyrics of a song recorded last March by Nina Paley. This US designer and cartoonist decided to illustrate her song with a video. This will be the first of a series of short videos concerning the question of author’s rights. The aim being to defend the share culture. The film maker also put her latest long animation film under the Creative Commons licence, a system allowing it to be copied and modified.
‘Mouth, hands, nipples’: 707 body parts are listed on this experimental site, which created maps of desire. Using artistic studies by two specialists in the art of information visualisation, Fleshmap studies the statistic recurrence of words indicating body parts in songs, according to musical style. The favourite body part in hip hop songs is the bottom and in Gospel music it is the hand.
The brothers and sisters of the young US hikers arrested in Iran have launched an appeal via Youtube. They are asking the site’s users to post response videos. The aim being to urge the Iranian Government to release the three students. The latter had crossed the Iranian border during a hike in the region.