Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2010-06-18

The web, witness of BP oil spill

Online accounts of the damage caused by the US oil Spill. The Philippines declares war on « jejemon » a SMS language used by young people on the Internet and a Belgian film maker takes a poetic look at football in Africa.

 BP OIL SPILL

BP has accepted to set aside 20 billion dollars. This is the deal won by President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the White House, following negotiations with company bosses. The money will be used to compensate victims of the oil spill that continues to spread off US coasts. Tools on which web users can evaluate the extent of the catastrophe are multiplying online.

 
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the NOAA, has set up a new interactive map covering the development of interventions in the Gulf of Mexico. The map is very detailed and invites users to select data from the wide choice available including satellite or aerial images of the oil spill, sea currents and weather forecasts.

And there have also been independent initiatives. A group of Americans set up the site GrassrootsMapping.org. Their project consists of documenting the oil spill using cameras attached to kites and balloons. All the images will be available to view online, free of charge. The team behind the project are asking for donations on their web site and have already raised 5 000 dollars.

Others are putting the spotlight on the consequences of the oil spill, on local wildlife in particular. The site Dailydeadbirds lists all the animals in the Gulf of Mexico that have been affected by the oil and counts the number of birds, turtles and dolphins that have become victims of this disaster.
 
Several videos posted on YouTube show ways in which the animals are saved. Here, oil covered pelicans are being cleaned up by members of a national wildlife conservation organization.



 PHILIPPINES : THE “JEJEMON” FEVER

The government of the Philippines has declared war on « jejemon », a type of SMS dialect derived from English and Filipino that has been adopted by many young people in the country. To begin with the concern was that spelling and syntax would suffer when shortening text messages on mobile phones.

Then things got worse, certain letters were being replaced by numbers, thus creating a very trendy dialect in the world of social networks. Some even see “jejemon” as a secret code used by young people to exclude adults from their conversations.

Several online translation tools have been made available to those who would like to learn this unusual language.

And as this site demonstrates, the « jejemon » phenomenon is not just limited to the language, it’s also a counterculture all of its own with notably a dress code that includes fanciful baseball caps
.
Web users are trying to resist however and have launched the « jejebusters » movement. Their objective is to track down “jejemon” enthusiasts on social networks and remind them of grammar rules.

And the government is also taking the subject very seriously. The Minister for education believes that this phenomenon will in the long term be detrimental to Filipinos command of the English language that has up until now helped attract foreign investors.
 
FREEDOM FROM PORN

American activists in San Francisco have started a crusade against the puritanism of Steve Jobs who wants to free people from porn. Members of the collective Freedom from Porn have been claiming their right to porn on the ipad. They have gone around town altering the ads to add a little porn to them and then posted the images on a site created especially for the occasion.

CITY OF MEMORY

Do you have a story or a memory about New York that you would like to share? The site City of memory is inviting web users to do just this. The anecdotes will be added to a map, in the chosen place. Dozens of stories have already been posted online.

 VIDEO OF THE DAY

The web documentary « Football Made in Africa » includes 30 short films, made by Belgian Pascal
Colson, that have already been broadcast on the Belgian channel RTBF. They will be posted online on Dailymotion. This is the latest episode: Nigerian football fans patiently waiting for the tide to go out so they can use the space as a football pitch.




 

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-01-22 Charlie Hebdo

The explosion of #Jesuis campaigns

In this edition: the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag has inspired activists the world over; Canadian students tell their government they will not work for free; and downhill urban...

Read more

2015-01-21 Argentina

Argentina: Web users react to death of Alberto Nisman

In this edition: web users in Argentina react to the death of Alberto Nisman; controversy over Zimbabwe's plans to sell elephants to global buyers; and a military helicopter...

Read more

2015-01-20 Miss World

Miss Lebanon in hot water after selfie with Miss Israel

In this edition: Miss Lebanon in hot water for posing with Miss Israel; Duke University's Muslim call to prayer sparks controversy in the US; and an American dad turns his home...

Read more

2015-01-19 Canada

Canada: artist draws portraits of missing aboriginal women

In this edition: a Canadian artist sketching portraits of the country`s missing aboriginal women; web users help fund a paraplegic man`s “new legs”; and a U.S. police officer...

Read more

2015-01-16 France

French police thank citizens for their support

In this edition: French police thank the public for their support; controversy over a suggestion the UK is about to ban encryption; and visiting Boston from the comfort of your...

Read more