Today on the net: online outrage in France following the death of five-year-old Fiona; Tajik web uses mock the upcoming presidential election; and a glimpse of what Barcelona’s "Sagrada Familia" will look like when it’s finally completed.
France: death of 5-year-old girl sparks online outrage
When 5-year-old Fiona went missing from a park in Clermont-Ferrand, France, back in May, thousands of web users joined the hunt for the little girl, support groups were set up on Facebook, marches were organized... but things took a sad turn last week when Fiona’s mother Cécile Bourgeon and her boyfriend Berkane Maklouf admitted that she was dead and they had hidden the body. The revelations have sparked outrage with many taking to social networks to voice their anger and disgust.
Strong words, slamming the couple, have been pouring in online. Angry web users are calling for the twosome, who they describe as absolute monsters, to be given exemplary punishment, some, like the people behind these two Facebook pages, are even calling for the return of the death penalty. They have collectively drawn over 65,000 members who believe Bourgeon and Maklouf should pay the ultimate price for their appalling act.
A stream of hate messages that some, like the “Avis de recherche” Facebook group are trying to temper, encouraging web users to show restraint and let the justice system deal with the alleged perpetrators. They say instead of insulting Cécile Bourgeon and Berkane Maklouf and posting hate-filled comments, web users should devote their time to writing tributes for little Fiona, to keep her memory alive…
Tajik web users mock the upcoming presidential election
With a little under six weeks to go before Tajikistan’s November 6th presidential election, the majority of the country’s web users are in no doubt as to who will win. Many believe the current president Emomali Rahmon, who has been in office since 1994, is assured of an easy victory, even though he has yet to officially announce he will be running. Web users say the election is nothing but a formality, and are openly mocking it online.
And so parodies and caricatures of the Tajik president are flooding in to social networks. Posters denouncing an electoral farce, and which, like this one, depict the country’s strongman as the sun, to highlight, with more than a hint of irony, Rahmon’s influence over the country’s political institutions.
Web users have also posted comical illustrations online, criticizing the fact the current President appears to be willing to go to any lengths to stay in power. Voters are saying it highly unlikely Emomali Rahmon will be prepared to step down once his latest seven year term comes to an end. Some web users have imagined Rahmon as an old man, and still serving as president in 2020.
But Tajik web users are not only targeting the President. The opposition has also been on the receiving end of some online teasing and has been called fake and pointless. Some voters have gone as far as to describe candidates from other parties as clowns working for the current government.
Google launches "Constitute" to explore the world’s constitutions
Google launched its "Constitute" project this week so web users can read, search and compare constitutions from around the world, learn more about the fundamental laws that govern different countries. The fascinating tool is currently only available in English but is soon to be translated into Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.
"Emojinal art gallery"
The creator of the “Emojinal art gallery" Tumblr blog has combines master pieces with emoji - the smileys used in Japanese text messaging or emails to convey an emotion. The gallery displays a modern twist to the works of Renoir, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and also Delacroix and the reworked paintings are full of surprises.
Video of the day
This video, recently uploaded to YouTube, shows us what Barcelona’s “Sagrada Familia” will look like once current construction work on the world renowned Roman Catholic Church is completed… Architect Antoni Gaudi began work on the huge monument back in 1882 and this video gives an astonishing glimpse into what it will look like when it is finally completed in 2026…