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Latest update : 2012-08-29

Following the 2012 Republican Convention online

Following the 2012 Republican Convention online. Mitt Romney the butt of numerous jokes. And a French band performing a song with lyrics penned by Florence Cassez.

Following the 2012 Republican Convention online

The 2012 Republican National Convention opened on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida, after being delayed by a day due to a tropical storm hitting the southern US state. During the event Mitt Romney will be officially nominated as the Republican candidate for November’s presidential election, and web users will be able to follow proceedings live on the Internet.

The Republicans are making great use of the web so that web users can experience the 2012 convention as if they were actually there. In addition to the official website, presented as the number one source for information about the event, this year GOP organizers have invested a great deal in social networks to convey and share convention news.

A 2012 Republican Convention Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up so web users can comment on events as they are happening, to help them play a more active role.

The convention will also be present on the Google + social network, which will host all sorts of information on the 2012 event, including numerous photos, some of which will give an insight into all the preparations involved.

And finally, there are already a great many Republican convention related videos being aired on the dedicated YouTube channel: giving for example, behind the scenes glimpses of the event. More and more videos will be uploaded as the convention progresses.

 

Now trending on social networks

« We built it », this is one of the slogans that will be used to mobilize Republican Twitter users during the GOP convention in Tampa. The phrase is a dig at a speech delivered by Barack Obama last month in which the President tied the success of businesses to government spending on infrastructure. The Republicans have incorporated this as a convention theme claiming Obama’s statement goes against the spirit of American entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

 

Web users poke fun at Mitt Romney

And although the Tampa Republican Convention will be making the headlines this week, Mitt Romney’s critics have also been pretty busy. Many web users have been poking fun at Barack Obama’s rival, and their imagination holds no bounds. Here’s a look at some of the best swipes at the former Governor for Massachusetts.

The "Little face Mitt" Tumblr blog hosts a collection of photo montages depicting the Republican presidential candidate with a small face, making him bear an uncanny resemblance to an alien, with his head totally out of proportion with his eyes and nose.

The site "Mitt Romney confusing children" takes a comical look at children’s reactions to the GOP candidate. There are all sorts of shots showing Romney holding teary tots or pouting kids, depicting the businessman as having a very unfortunate way with children.

Then there’s the "Mitt Romney wearing jeans" web site, with photos of the former Massachusetts governor often accompanied by sarcastic captions, claiming Romney only wears denim to try and prove he’s just like you and I, when in actual fact he’s anything but.

This is even more offbeat: "Cats on Mitt Romney", as its name suggests, invites web users to upload photomontages of the Republican candidate with cats. Dozens of equally wacky creations are already available. And finally, here’s “Mittballs” where Romney’s face has been turned into meatballs served with a plate of spaghetti… it’s completely out-there and will most likely prove extremely popular.

 

"Ecce Homo" fresco restored by web users

A Spanish octogenarian’s less than artistic attempt at restoring a 19th century wall painting of Jesus Christ hit the headlines last week and appears to have greatly amused web users. Numerous photomontages have emerged online, imagining how she managed to ruin the fresco and just how the damage can possibly be undone. These are some hilarious and absolutely unmissable creations.

 

Video of the day

“Why put an innocent person in prison? “ and “what have I done to deserve such persecution?” … these are some of the lyrics from the song “Marques d’amour” performed by French rock band La Jarry. The words were written by Florence Cassez from her prison cell in Mexico where she is serving a 60 year sentence on kidnapping charges; allegations she has strenuously denied since she was jailed back in December 2005.

By Electron Libre

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