In this edition : the British blogosphere welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as Prime Minister ; Obama criticizes new technologies and sparks an outcry on the web ; and director Ken Loach posts his films online via YouTube.
DAVID CAMERON, NEW BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
On Tuesday, after 5 days of intense discussions, the Conservative David Cameron finally made an agreement with the Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg to form a coalition government. At 43 years old, Cameron succeeds Gordon Brown and becomes the youngest Prime Minister Great Britain has seen in 200 years.
Congratulatory messages are multiplying on the web and on Twitter in particular. Delighted citizens are warmly welcoming Cameron’s victory.
And the Prime Minister’s official web site has already been updated. His biography has been posted online, there’s also a Flikr page with the first photos taken upon Cameron’s arrival at 10 Downing Street: here he is on the telephone with the US president Barack Obama.
Several web users have posted these images online, filmed in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s residence. He was cheered upon his arrival, a welcome that contrasts with the departure of his predecessor Gordon Brown, who was booed by the crowds as we see in these amateur videos.
Brown is in fact the target of many satirical videos. Online comedians are poking fun at the Prime Minister who resigned, and singing about his failure and defeat.
Finally, some like the author of this musical open letter to David Cameron remain perplexed by the general enthusiasm surrounding the new Prime Minister. In this video, this British citizen is asking him to demonstrate transparency in his governing.
OBAMA AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Beware of new technologies. Whilst delivering a speech to students at Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, the US president warned them of the impact iPad, Xbox and other new technologies have on information. According to him, they have become forms of entertainment, rather than tools of empowerment. His words have prompted an avalanche of reactions on the blogosphere, where commentaries continue to flood in.
This web user highlights Barack Obama’s contradiction. He says the president admitted being addicted to his Blackberry, yet he doesn’t know how to work iPods or the other devices he talked about.
Others bring to mind the intensive use Obama made of the web and of new technologies during his presidential campaign. The site RealClearPolitics looks back over the ads he placed inside video games to promote his candidacy in 2008.
The blog Webpronews is wondering about the role played by iPods, Xbox and other play stations. The author of this post says these tools do not necessarily need to represent anything other than forms of entertainment.
Finally Micah Sifry from the Techpresident blog, warmly welcomes Obamas thoughts on the over connected system in which we are living, a system which could threaten democracy. But he also says that Obama has forgotten that these tools also allow us to filter information in a positive way, and in this way they strengthen democracy.
THE JOHNNY CASH PROJECT
The “Johnny Cash project” invites you to contribute to the music video for the last ever song recorded by the American singer Johnny Cash. Using a selection of archive images as inspiration, web users are asked to draw their own pictures, which will be used in the final video. The aim of this collaborative project is to pay tribute to a legendary figure of American music.
KEN LOACH ON YOUTUBE
Ken Loach fans, this is for you. The British director has decided to make his all his films available to view free of charge on YouTube. The only downside is that certain countries like France and the Netherlands will not be able to access them, for copyright reasons. 20
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This video had over 2 500 000 visitors in just a few days. It is one of the most watched videos on the American web. An all-male Acapella group takes on the Lady Gaga hit ‘bad Romance’.