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Latest update : 2014-02-18

Hashtags focusing on Venezuela tell different stories

In this edition: pro and anti-government protesters in Venezuela share conflicting stories on social media; an Australian woman shows her cancer scars on Facebook; and some young Americans partake in a spot of human bowling…

HASHTAGS FOCUSING ON VENEZUELA TELL DIFFERENT STORIES

For the past two weeks, Venezuela has been rocked by anti-government protests against soaring inflation and rampant crime. Opposition demonstrators have taken to the streets and also to the web where critics of Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro have been sharing messages testifying to the rising tensions in the country.

Protesters have been making great use of the hashtags #SOSVenezuela and #PrayforVenezuela, describing how the government has used violence against them and asking the international community for help. They have also been sharing numerous photos showing what they describe as the excessive use of police force to quell the protests.

Government supporters however absolutely reject these allegations and say opposition demonstrators are responsible for the violence, in which at least three protesters have died. Indeed, supporters of Nicolas Maduro have been posting under the #VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo hashtag which translates into English as “Venezuela United against Fascism”, saying protesters are working for foreign powers wanting to destabilize the country. The pro-Maduro claim the anti-government demonstrators are being assisted by international media and are spreading false information on line to get web users the world over on side…

 

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN SHOWS CANCER SCARS ON FACEBOOK

32 year old Australian breast cancer survivor Beth Whaanga posed for a series of photos called “Under the Red Dress” which she posted to Facebook to show the changes to her body following cancer treatment and surgery and raise awareness of the disease… striking images, that have stirred up very mixed reactions online.

The shots were clearly not to everyone`s taste. Beth Whaanga has said more than 100 people have unfriended her since posting the pictures to the social network… but she has also received massive support, with over 30,000 web users joining the project`s Facebook page, praising her bravery and thanking her for the photos, which many believe will help other women struggling with their own cancer journeys.
 
And some women are now following the Brisbane mother`s example, posing for photos showing their post-surgery bodies and sharing their cancer stories. The project has proved so popular that Beth Whaanga and the photographer Nadia Masot are now looking for other people prepared to bare their cancer scars, so they continue to raise awareness.

 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Canadian actress Ellen Page came out as a lesbian on Friday at a Las Vegas conference for gay teens organized by the NGO Human Rights Campaign, and she`s been trending on social networks since. Countless web users have praised Ellen Page for going public about her sexuality saying it will help inspire others to do the same.

 

FAKE OF THE DAY

As storms and flooding continue to batter the UK, this map shows half the British Isles underwater in the 2100s. No need for panic however, this map has been posted to the DeviantArt website and was put together by Slovak graphic designer known online as Jay Simons. It shows what the British Isles could look like with a 100 meter rise in sea levels, but there is absolutely no scientific basis for this assumption.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER EXPLORES FEAR OF FALLING
 
American photographer Kerry Skarbakka has captured himself in moments of suspended peril in a self-portrait series entitled « The Struggle to Right Oneself ». The pictures are available to view on his website and show him tumbling down a flight of stairs head first for example, or falling off a ladder or teetering on the edge of a bridge… the artist has staged these shots as a representation of human existence, a process of perpetual falling, and the responsibility and will in each of us to catch ourselves and hold on.

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here`s the latest offering from someone who`s no stranger to web users… Devin Graham aka Devin Supertramp. And this time he`s dreamt up a spot of human bowling! You can check it out in this adrenaline packed video

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