Today on the net: online outrage after a Chinese tourist defaces an Egyptian temple; crowdfunding initiatives in the US to help Oklahoma tornado victims; and a Californian hospital live tweeting brain surgery.
Online outrage after Chinese tourist defaces Egyptian temple
"Ding Jinhao was here": here is the piece of graffiti etched by a Chinese tourist in the Luxor Temple, Egypt. The words were carved into the 3500-year-old relic, and have sparked an outcry ever since another Chinese tourist published the photo to microblogging site Sina Weibo, voicing his disgust.
Many other web users expressed similar sentiments and set out to identify the vandal. It soon became clear that the person they were looking for was a 15-year-old boy from a well off family from Nanjing. He has become the object of widespread condemnation online, with web users saying the teen is a disgrace for China and has brought shame upon his country.
Others however have spoken out against the unrelenting attacks against the high school student. This web user says he should not be held entirely responsible as, in his opinion; the boy’s act is a reflection of a general lack of respect in China towards historical and cultural heritage.
And with an increasing number of people in China, going on holiday both at home and abroad, this story has revived debate on the behaviour of Chinese sightseers. All sorts of photos have been posted online over the past few days, showing graffiti drawn by Chinese tourists on various monuments and relics, like the Great Wall of China for example.
A social network campaign is asking guilty parties to make an online pledge to never deface another monument again.
Crowdfunding campaigns for Oklahoma tornado victims
Private individuals have donated over 1.5 million dollars to crowdfunding site “Fundly” to help victims of the tornado that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, in the US, last week. The fundraising campaign has been organized by the NGO Mercury One and is calling upon web users to do what they can to help residents of the disaster struck region get back on their feet. All sorts of fundraising initiatives are being coordinated via crowdfunding sites like “Hopemob” or Go Fund Me”.
Some of these appeals are looking for donations to help mobilize emergency services and rescue teams, but others are more specific, and have been set up with particular individuals or families in mind, those that lost more or less everything they owned in the tornado. Over 34 000 dollars has been donated to buy a new house for Barbara Garcia for example, the woman who moved America when she found her dog buried under rubble during a live TV interview with CBS.
Other victims, who may not have made the headlines, are also getting financial help from web users. Around 3,000 dollars out of a target 10 000 dollars has been raised so far to help the Repreza family rebuild their lives.
Crowdfunding was originally used by artists or entrepreneurs to finance personal or business projects, but is now also used to help those in need. American web users took to these crowd financing sites following the Boston Marathon bombing for example or after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast last year. But with their growing popularity, these platforms also face the challenge of spotting hoaxes, because sadly when crisis occurs, scam artists and online crooks are always on hand to profit from a terrible situation.
Now trending on social networks
To celebrate their 500th deep brain simulation operation, a still uncommon procedure that involves inserting a pacemaker into the brain as therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease, surgeons at the UCLA hospital in California decided to live tweet the operation, post photos to Instagram and short video clips to Vine. An incredible initiative which meant web users could follow the surgery step by step, showing the patient’s pre-op prep and also him strumming his guitar during the procedure to see if it improved his playing ability. The project has been extremely popular, with much praise relayed for all those involved.
Creative food art
Her plate is her canvas and food is her paint: Malaysian artist Hong Yi, aka Red, has produced a series of pictures that are as appetizing as they are visually appealing. In this series produced in March, the architect by trade has revisited some well-known masterpieces like The Great Wave off Kanagawa, giving web users something to really feast their eyes on.
Vidéo du jour
For the 2013 Vivid festival that is being held in Sydney, Australia this year, from the 24th May to 10th June, the city’s famous Opera house was transformed into a giant screen onto which all sorts of artistic and colorful creations by the members of the “Spinifex Group” were projected. The results are spectacular and you can check out the performance in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms.