The "Occupy Wall Street" movement is gaining ground. The web is playing a vital role in the US presidential campaign. And a group of Russian musicians perform on a motorway, from a moving side car.
Occupy Wall Street movement
Live coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests against the unfairness of the global financial system… the demonstrators who have now spent over two weeks camping out in New York’s financial district are providing a live feed of the protests over the Internet.
The movement, inspired by the Arab Spring, is being coordinated via social networks and gathers pace with every day that passes. As we can see on this interactive map which displays all the towns and cities where rallies are taking place, the movement has now spread right across America. Protesters are using the slogan “We are the 99%” to denounce the inequality in America where 1 % of the population holds 40 % of the country’s wealth and resources.
On this blog Americans can vent their anger with a system they feel favours the rich and powerful. They can upload photos and share personal accounts. A lot of students have expressed their fears for the future as they have taken out loans to pay tuition fees but have no job prospects on the horizon.
And so students have decided to make their concerns heard. An appeal has been launched on social networks, calling for students in every university across the country, to take part in a walk out on Wednesday at midday, to leave their classrooms behind and join the protesters on the streets.
And so the « Occupy Wall Street » movement is stronger than ever, both on the streets and on the web, with more hard hitting operations due to take place over the next few days. Members of the hacker group Anonymous have threatened to attack New York’s Stock Exchange on Monday.
Internet and the American presidential election
With a little over one year to go before the next American Presidential Election, the campaigning is already in full swing. And as was the case in 2008, the Internet is proving to be a vital tool for both Republicans and Democrats, to help them communicate with as many voters as possible.
YouTube and American news channel Fox News recently teamed up for a debate between the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. The program went on for nearly two hours and is available to view, in its entirety, on the sharing site. Citizens played an active role by emailing in their questions for the various Republican candidates. Over 18 000 questions were sent in in total and as we can see in this infographic based on the words featured most frequently in web users questions, they were mainly centered around job opportunities and the role of the government.
President Obama has also taken part in a question and answer session, proving once again that the web features prominently in the campaigning. The session was organized in partnership with the social network for professionals, LinkedIn, last week. The candidate for his own succession said he wanted to discuss job creation and putting America back to work.
This strong online presence is an integral part of the American president’s campaign for reelection next year. In April, he took part in a debate with web users at the Facebook headquarters to discuss, amongst other things, reducing national debt. Obama also seems to have understood the necessity of using the web to monitor and control his image and reputation. The site “Attack Watch” was launched not long ago to respond to criticism or verbal attacks from Republican candidates and commentators.
Adding high-tech terms to the French vocabulary
Brainstorming, bookcrossing, hotline, and also jailbreak … more and more English words and terms are now being employed in the French language. They do not really have an equivalent in French and have become more proliferate with the development of new technologies and social networks. With this mind, France’s Ministry of Culture has also set up “Wiki LF” on which web users can suggest and vote on French translations of these English words, and so actively contribute to the enrichment of the French language.
Social network buzz
Nonciclopedia is the name of a satirical Italian website and is currently creating a buzz on social networks. This comical portal has been temporarily shut down whilst an Italian court considers a complaint lodged by the singer Vasco Rossi. He was not at all amused by the article devoted to him on the website and is suing Nonciclopedia for defamation. Web users however are furious with Vasco Rossi and are accusing him of infringing freedom of expression.
Video of the day
The person who filmed this video was driving along a motorway in Russia when he came across a group of young musicians positioned in a moving side car playing rock music! An unusual place to perform but it is very rock and roll. 22