In this edition: campaigning to end sexual violence in conflict; the World Cup seen from the web; and a samurai football freestylist.
CAMPAIGN TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT
Actress Angelina Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London last week, which she co-hosted with the UK`s Foreign Secretary : the biggest summit of its kind with a goal to shatter impunity for those who rape during war, with online campaigning revolving around the #TimeToAct hashtag .
And campaigning is well underway. Just like Fashion designers Stella McCartney and Vivian Westwood or singer M.I.A, countless web users, well known or otherwise have posted under the key words, denouncing sexual violence.
Britain`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged employees to take to Twitter and join the campaign. And as we can see from these shots posted online staff from various British embassies across the globe have done just that. And countless social networkers from all over the world have also added their voice to the movement.
But although Angelina Jolie`s campaign has received a great deal of online support, some say it is just the first step towards ending sexual violence in conflict. Blogger Katie Gonzales for example says that now the online campaigning has begun politicians and world leaders must now confront this problem head-on, and take concrete measures to protect women caught up in war zones.
THE WORLD CUP SEEN FROM THE WEB
World Cup fever is sweeping the globe, and the net … social networks have been buzzing with football chat, with fans commenting on individual performances, praising their teams and sharing their thoughts on the tournament as a whole.
One of the most popular topics has been the Netherlands thrashing 5-1 victory over Spain on Friday… and in particular Dutch forward Robin Van Persie and his stunning display. As we can from these amateur shots, scores of fans have copied his spectacular flying header as he scored the first of his two goals. Yes he`s inspired a brand new Internet meme and a rather wacky practice known as “VanPersieing”…
Another recurrent theme in these online exchanges - refereeing mistakes. And it`s Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura bearing the brunt, with the controversial penalty awarded to Brazil in the World Cup opener on Thursday. All sorts of parodies and photomontage’s are doing the rounds online; here for example he`s been kitted out in the Brazilian strip. Mexico`s two disallowed goals against Cameroon on Friday have also generated a lot of debate, with many posting sarcastic comments about the refereeing decisions …
And while online comedians are aiming most of their jokes at those actually taking part in the World Cup, some have turned their attention towards a very specific demographic ; women. indeed, some have been posting under the “Girls`World Cup questions” hashtag poking fun at women’s perceived lack of football knowledge … posts that have been criticized for being somewhat sexist, with female fans pointing out that football is not exclusively for men.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Posing with your leg raised and pointing like a rifle … this new craze was started by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei when he posted the leg-gun pose to his Instagram page last week. What he actually intended with his photo has become a topic of lively debate online, some see it as a satirical comment on Beijing`s cultural control, others say it quite simply art.
GOOGLE LAUNCHES ONLINE STREET ART GALLERY
The Google Cultural Institute has launched a new platform called “Street Art project” which means you can now view works by the likes of Banksy of French artist JR, as well as lesser known street artists in an online gallery. There are some 5,000 images and high definition video in the database, provided by organizations from all over the world.
WHEN PEOPLE LOOK LIKE DONUTS
In this collection called "Donut Doubles" photographer Brandon Voges has created a series of human-donut doppelgangers that are truly ridiculous and available to view on deepgroup.com …
VIDEO OF THE DAY
In this video we see Japanese football free-style champion Kotaro Tokuda showing off his skills and eventually battling with locals, dressed as a samurai… the clip was filmed in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and you watch it in its entirety on YouTube.