In this edition: web users the world over commemorate the Rwandan genocide; Toronto Mayor Rob Ford the butt of online jokes; and an American dad shares his daughter`s Saturday morning antics.
WEB USERS COMMEMORATE THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE
Rwanda commemorated the 1994 genocide on Monday, lighting a flame that will burn for 100 days, the time it took for the slaughter to unfold, during which some 800 000 people were killed. Web users from all over the world have been marking the 20th anniversary of these tragic events.
Social networkers have been posting under the hashtags #Rwanda20yrs or #Kwibuka20 which means "remember", to pay tribute to victims and also share posters created for this solemn anniversary, highlighting the importance of remembrance and saying this type of atrocity can never happen again.
Hundreds of web users from across the globe have taken part in the “Upright Men” project put together by visual artist Bruce Clarke to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide. They have posed with a sign reading “I`m standing upright” to pay tribute to thousands killed and show their solidarity with those who survived.
Some survivors however remember very little or nothing at all about the genocide and now want to move on. Born in May 1994, Kolbe Hategekimana is twenty years old and features in a piece on the website of French newspaper le Monde. He, like many of his generation, feels it’s time to close this dark chapter in the history of his country and look to the future.
TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD MOCKED ONLINE
Election signs like these have been popping up across Toronto over the past week, depicting fictitious candidates for the upcoming October 27th municipal elections. They`re promising just to smoke pot and not crack or not get caught on camera when they urinate in public … a satirical campaign launched by the “No Ford Nation” movement which openly mocks the mishaps and misdemeanours of the current Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is running for re-election.
Rob Ford`s unfortunate incidents have inspired two developers at Canada`s Waterloo university who created the online site “Rob Ford The Game”. Our `hero` has to collect cannabis leaves and bottles of wine whilst avoiding police and journalists, before the timer represented as “public opinion” runs out.
Another online initiative targeting the mayor of Toronto ahead of the municipal elections; this job offer published on classified ads website Craigslist, looking for someone to play a tuba while following Rob Ford around for a day. The ad was posted by the “Unethical Hacks” site which has said on its Facebook page that the post has been filled and the tuba stunt will be happening soon.
But these online attacks from critics don`t seem to have impacted Rob Ford`s confidence. In his recent YouTube videos he claims he has strong public support and is convinced he`ll be re-elected in October.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
American Twitter employee Claire Diaz-Ortiz who lives in Buenos Aires has live-tweeted her labour on the microblogging site. Web users were able to follow the April 5th birth from her waters breaking, her journey to hospital, the painful contractions, right up to the arrival of her healthy baby daughter, under the #inlabor hashtag. And of course little Lucia already has a twitter handle of her very own.
"HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER" FANS PETITION FOR NEW ENDING
Dissatisfied fans of How I Met Your Mother are campaigning for a new ending after the finale aired in the US last week. 17 000 fans of the hit American TV series have signed an online petition on Change.org asking the CBS network to reshoot the last episode that concluded the show`s nine season run. The appeal has been widely shared on social networks and has reached the eyes and ears of the series co-creator Carter Bays, who has taken to Twitter to announce there will be an alternative ending available on the soon to be released DVD box set.
STATS OF THE DAY
This animated infographic will no doubt prove popular with Michael Jackson fans and in particular those looking to master his famous Moonwalk. Put together by Jacob O`Neal and available on the site animagraffs.com this graphic breaks down the steps to the legendary dance move created by the late King of Pop.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This American dad has produced a video compilation of some of his 4 year old daughter`s livelier Saturday morning antics over a three month period. Dancing, music, noisy toys, not the most relaxing way to ease into the weekend … its great fun and you can check it out in its entirety on the “Bottlerocket” YouTube channel.