In this edition: Turkish web users protest against new Internet legislation; concerns over a social media drinking game; and a high-lining attempt between two hot air balloons.
PROTESTS AGAINST INTERNET LAW IN TURKEY
Turkish riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at demonstrators who retaliated by throwing fireworks and stones. Hundreds gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to protest against new legislation approved by parliament which will tighten government controls over the Internet.
Turkish web users have taken to social networks in their droves, posting under the hashtag "Internet Censorship in Turkey", condemning the measures as an assault on freedom of expression and access to information, The main concerns are that it gives a government agency the authority to block websites without seeking a court order first, and forces Internet providers to store web users` data for two years and make it available to the authorities.
Many feel the bill reflects the government`s unease over social media, which played a pivotal role in last year`s anti-government protests. But it also illustrates the authorities desire to stifle the government corruption scandal. There have been a number of online leaks over the past few weeks implicating government figures and allies. This recording posted to YouTube is allegedly a telephone conversation between the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s daughter and a property developer, in which she is negotiating two villas in exchange for government favours.
The new laws mean the government will be able to block access to this type of document more quickly. The legislation has not yet been approved by the president Abdullah Gul, and critics of the bill are urging him not to ratify it.
ONLINE DRINKING GAME “NEKNOMINATION” RAISES CONCERNS
“NekNomination” is a new online craze in English speaking countries that has social media users swallow or “neck” an alcoholic drink in one go, often in unusual locations and situations, post the video online, and then nominate two others to do the same within the next 24 hours.
It is believed the online drinking game began on Facebook in Australia early January. And to amuse or impress fellow players, some have put themselves in dangerous situations. This person for example decided to swallow copious amounts of alcohol in a swimming pool. Its risky behaviour like this that has raised strong concerns online.
“NekNomination” has been blamed for the deaths of two young Irish men, and critics of the craze have been campaigning on social networks urging people to stop playing the game. Over the past couple of days, over 60 000 web users have joined the “Stop Nek Nominate” Facebook page, appealing to players not to nominate others in order to break the chain.
This is exactly what South African web user Brent Lindeque set out to do by changing the aim of the game and turn it into something positive to do a “nice nomination” , something kind and then challenge two others to do the same. The idea is proving highly popular on social media platforms, with many joining the new movement and urging their network of contacts to follow suit.
FAKE FAMILY PHOTOS
Weary of questions from friends and family about when she was going to married, American photographer Suzanne Heintz embarked on her “Life Once Removed” project. She purchased two mannequins, one male adult and one female child and travelled all over the world, staging pictures with them as if they were her family. It’s a tongue in cheek look at people`s notions of what a successful happy life should look like and the conventions of American society. You can check out the entire collection on the artist`s website.
ACTION FIGURES IN REAL LIFE
Bruce Lee using an orange as a punch bag, or taking out his frustration on a cereal box, Spiderman brought down by a fly swatter, and the joker playing a prank on an unsuspecting stranger… these are just some of the fantastic scenarios using toy action figures put together by a Russian artist who goes under the online pseudonym VSE OK.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
A photo taken in the style of a “selfie” but taken with your partner, a friend, a family member, a work colleague … this is the “couplie” and its trending on social networks… it began to take off after Australian singer Kylie Minogue posted a couplie online back in December. And with Valentine`s day coming up on Friday, we can prepare ourselves for an avalanche of couplies…
VIDEO OF THE DAY
As we can see in this video, French daredevils, The Skyliners, set up a high wire between two hot air balloons and then attempted to walk it… they came very close but unfortunately didn`t manage it on this occasion. But it hasn`t put them off and they`re going to try again very soon. Have a look at their first attempt in their video "The Balloon Highline", on video sharing platform Vimeo.