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USA: online campaign targets pro-gun senators
Today on the net: an online campaign is targeting 46 US senators; Vietnam’s first gay sitcom becomes a nationwide viral sensation; and time travelling with a Hungarian photographer.
USA: online campaign targets pro-gun senators
"These teachers sacrificed their lives for the children they worked for", "these senators voted against protecting the children they work for": these messages are displayed on the "They don’t work for you" website recently set up by American activists, in the wake of the April 17th senate vote against implementing a series of measures to tighten gun control in the US. The proposed reforms would, in particular, have seen mandatory criminal background checks for anyone wishing to buy a weapon online or at gun shows, but it came up against opposition from 46 of the 100 members of the upper legislative chamber in the federal government.
The bill has many supporters who are focusing their anger on the senators who voted against it: the site “They don’t work for you” openly points them out individually and slams their decision which activists say clearly shows their support for the gun lobby. 46 posters have been produced, each pairing smiling photos of the senators who voted no with a photo of a child in the US who died at the point of a gun. The posters all bear the same message “this senator doesn’t work for kids … ”.
The campaign against the 46 lawmakers is also being conducting via social networks, where web users are being asked to contact their senate representative and demand answers. American citizens can also use the “#AskThemWhy” hashtag, set up specifically, to ask the senators concerned for an explanation as to why they have rejected these measures to tighten up gun control in the US.
Vietnam’s first gay sitcom is a viral sensation
"My Best Gay Friends" is a web series about three people sharing an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City. The sitcom portrays the lives and loves of a group of young gays and lesbians in conservative communist run Vietnam. An unexpected hit: since it began showing last year, several of the nine episodes that have been aired online so far have racked up over 1 million views each on YouTube.
The series was created by Huynh Nguyen Dang Khoa, a film student who also plays one of the show’s main characters, and it is filmed and produced with limited equipment. In an interview for the site Tuoi Tre News, he says he wants to change the way the homosexual community is perceived by Vietnamese society.
Vietnam’s adherence to traditional Confucian morality that places family at the center of society means that homosexuality has long been considered a “social evil” by the communist regime. But it would seem things are starting to change. In August last year, the first-ever Vietnamese gay pride too place in Hanoi and preparations are already underway for a second edition this summer.
So attitudes are changing and last year the country’s justice Minister announced that the government was considering legalizing same sex marriages. The legislation may well be approved next year, and if this is the case, Vietnam will become the first Asian country to allow same sex unions.
Photographer Flora Borsi travels back in time
If you could travel back in time, chances are you would take a snapshot and share the image on a social network. This is what Hungarian photographer and graphic designer Flora Borsi would do, and as we can see here she has taken black and white photos of well-known faces and places of times gone by and edited herself in, always with her digital camera or smartphone in hand to immortalize the moment. Packed with anachronisms, her work explores our relationship with new technology and how this impacts the way we document our everyday life.
Dad documents son’s every crying moment on Tumblr
"Because I read him his favourite bedtime story”, “because I asked him to stop hitting his brother with a fly swatter” and also “because the neighbour’s dog isn’t outside”. For some weeks now American web user Greg Pembroke has been documenting what makes his son suddenly burst into tears on his Tumblr blog, “Reasons my son is crying”. The funny and cute pics and taglines are currently enjoying huge success online.
Video of the day
As we can see in the latest video posted online by Famed French online prankster Rémi Gaillard, he’s a big fan of Twitter. and so he’s been following and annoying people in public, dressed up in a giant blue bird costume, a nod to the micro-blogging site’s logo, and the act of following members on the social network; bringing Twitter to the real world and no doubt amusing those that tweet along the way.