Today on the net: Iranian opposition supporters tried to express themselves online during the Islamic Revolution anniversary. Also, the web is in a fever of excitement with Rio Carnival due to start tomorrow. At last, an animated short film made uniquely from logos has been selected for the Oscars
IRAN : OPPOSITION PROTESTS
Internet connections blocked and mobile telephone networks disrupted, the Iranian regime had done their upmost to stop the opposition from getting ready. However, supporters of the green movement did demonstrate on Thursday on the fringes of the official celebrations for the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
And despite restrictions imposed on telecommunications, web users were able to put numerous amateur documents online to relate the demonstration. This video is one of the first to have emerged on the web; we hear protesters demand a referendum on the current regime.
Other clips show the impressive security measures which were put into place. Huge numbers of anti-riot police were deployed around the area of Azadi square in Teheran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a televised speech.
A confrontation which would have resulted in clashes; this video for example would have been filmed whilst the crowd was dispersed by order forces.
And witnesses have said that the police fired paint balls on protesters in the hope of being able to identify them later. Some even talk of gun fire against the protesters.
Meanwhile numerous Iranians living abroad have showed their support for the movement. In this video, an artist has imagined what I ran would be like if the reformist camp won. We see for example Iranian women wearing miniskirts and without their veils.
The web is in a fever of excitement about Rio carnival which is due to start tomorrow. Preparations and festivities have been taking place in the lead up to the official launch of Brazil’s most popular national holiday.
On the carnival’s official web site, web users can already find out about the songs that the samba schools have written this year. The songs make up part of the fundamental official evaluation criteria, like the costumes for example.
Web users are posting videos online to encourage their favourite schools and to attract new supporters. This one is promoting Salgueiro School. It also provides some facts and the song lyrics they have written for the 2010 carnival.
On YouTube, one net user has filmed the schools practicing at the Sambodrome; they place where they will parade during the carnival. Here is a technical rehearsal for the Grande Rio school which shows the drums warming up …... and here a rehearsal for the Beija Flor school ….
One Brazilian web user organised debates on the theme of carnival and then posted the videos online. In this one, the participants are discussing the role of the samba schools for children who also take part in the parade. This web user thinks the schools should have a social and educational role and above all they should help convey a cultural heritage from a young age.
INTERNET: INTERNET FOR PEACE
This campaign already has a number of well known ambassadors, including Giorgio Armani and also Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and Nobel peace prize winner. It’s objective is to campaign for the Internet to win the Nobel peace prize in 2010. Launched in Italy by the local version of the magazine Wired, the campaign now has it’s own web site “Internet for Peace”,. The message: the Internet is a tool for peace.
Moozar aims to reconcile pirates and artists. This website which will be launched on the 26th of February offers web users the chance to compensate artists’ whose music they have copied without permission. In exchange, the artist will acknowledge the transaction and from then on the documents will become legal. Moozar is becoming then a sort of mediator between music customers and the artists. The compensation amount is fixed at a minimum of one euro per track.
VIDEO DU JOUR
Images made uniquely from logos. The 3 French designers who made this animated short film, nominated at this year’s Oscars needed six years of research and work to complete the film. The time it takes to reappropriate these signs which invade our towns.