The growing anti-nuclear movement in Japan. With his Super Tuesday victories is the bag, Mitt Romney turns his attention to Barack Obama. And Israeli president Shimon Peres stars in a viral video promoting world peace.
Anti-nuclear movement grows in Japan one year after Fukushima
Superheroes take on a monster that’s trying to dismantle all the nuclear power stations in the world… this satirical web series is proving very popular, and is designed to denounce Japan’s supporters of atomic energy. Each character represents a component of what the creators of series consider to be a nuclear lobbying group set up by the company Tepco, operator of the Fukushima power station, the Ministry of Economy and mainstream media.
Sections of Japanese society have lost respect for the nation’s newspapers and television channels, feeling they downplayed the risks of radiation and did not give enough exposure to anti-nuclear campaigners. In their quest for independent information, some have turned to online TV channels like this one which recently aired a report on the complaint lodged by Tepco shareholders against the company directors.
And over the past few months all sorts of online projects have been set up calling for an end to nuclear power. A poster competition was organized on this web site to raise public awareness about the dangers of atomic energy.
Social networkers are also getting involved. This Facebook group is asking members to post their own radioactivity readings, whilst this one is focusing on food safety for children. And although only marginal initiatives for the time being, they do illustrate a growing desire in Japan to break the nuclear taboo.
Mitt Romney on the road to the White House?
Mitt Romney won six out of ten states on Super Tuesday, and is now the favourite to win the Republican nomination and take on Barack Obama in November’s US Presidential election. Well this is definitely the message the campaign team behind the former Governor for Massachusetts is trying to convey. After launching a multitude of attacks on his Republican rivals the focus is now well and truly on the incumbent President.
This video on the Mormon candidate’s website is urging American voters to make the right choice in the upcoming presidential election. The campaign ad says if people are looking for a way to see America out of the current economic downturn, then there is a simple solution: vote Romney. The ad also depicts Obama as a president lacking in authority and vision, who did not take the necessary steps in dealing with the financial crisis.
Romney has also set up a site called "Obama isn’t working" which slams the current President’s time in office. It discusses the reforms made the US president, saying they have not worked. It is also airing videos like this one which accuses Obama of allowing deficits to spiral during his time in power.
And as far as many web users are concerned, the idea of Mitt Romney winning the race to the White House at the end of the year is now becoming a real possibility. Under the key words “Romney White House”, Twitter users have been imagining, often with a hint of irony, Mitt Romney’s initial reactions to his election victory.
Now trending on social networks
"Stop Kony" this is one of the slogans used by NGO "Invisible Children" for their Internet campaign against the use of child soldiers by Ugandan militant group “The Lord’s Resistance Army”. The aim is to bring their leader, Joseph Kony, to justice. The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest in 2005 but he remains at large. The campaign is backed by numerous well-known figures, and is structured around a 30 minute documentary about this rebel group that has terrorized the region for over 25 years. In a just a few days, the film has already been viewed by millions of people.
Lady Gaga hits 20 million followers on Twitter
American singer Lady Gaga has set a new worldwide record in the online popularity stakes and become the first person to hit 20 million followers on Twitter, and the number just keeps growing. Her fans, or her “little monsters” as she affectionately calls them have made her the most popular personality on the micro blogging site, the US president Barack Obama himself cannot even keep up. With 49 million fans also clocked up on Facebook, Lady Gaga is the undisputed queen of social media.
Video of the day
Israeli president Shimon Peres recently joined Facebook, and has released this video clip to ask web users to become his friend on the social network. Entitled “be my friend for peace” the aim of the music clip is to promote world peace and establish links with people from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.