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What the World Didn’t See in Tehran

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Shut out by the near totalitarian powers of the Islamic republic, the mainstream media tracked the stream of consciousness produced by new media. Some of the material is powerful, even indelible.

Particularly haunting is the 40-second YouTube video that shows a young woman, wearing jeans but otherwise dressed conservatively, suddenly falling to the sidewalk, shot in the heart. Her eyes turn to what must be a cell-phone camera, wide and shocked and dying as we stare at her. Men rush to her side and try to stanch the wound, but blood trickles from her mouth as an older man — later described as her father — cries and cries. Hours after the video surfaced, people on Twitter said she had not been part of the demonstration at all. Just a bystander.

By the end of the day, the Tweets had given her a name: Neda, which means “the voice” or “the call” in Farsi.

 

But who shot her? A soldier? A member of the notorious Basij, the volunteer militia that supports President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Were they aiming at her? Could this have been an accident or a random act of violence?

read more about it here

Twitter on the Barricades

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This article deals with the links between political revolutions and communication tools.

Known collectively as Basijis, the brigades consist of officially recognized groups like Ansar Hezbollah, whose members undergo formal training, to smaller groups controlled by local clerics.

Social networking, a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon, has already been credited with aiding protests from the Republic of Georgia to Egypt to Iceland.

Iran : the “Twitter Revolution” ?

Twitter did prove to be a crucial tool in the cat-and-mouse game between the opposition and the government over enlisting world opinion. As the Iranian government restricts journalists’ access to events, the protesters have used Twitter’s agile communication system to direct the public and journalists alike to video, photographs and written material related to the protests. (As has become established custom on Twitter, users have agreed to mark, or “tag,” each of their tweets with the same bit of type — #IranElection — so that users can find them more easily). So maybe there was no Twitter Revolution. But over the last week, we learned a few lessons about the strengths and weaknesses of a technology that is less than three years old and is experiencing explosive growth.

read more about it here

The British Press

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Un lien très utile pour vous rappeler quelques notions sur la presse britannique. Cela pourra servir aux Terminales et aussi aux BTS.

Father at 13 !

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

You may have heard about Alfie Patten, 13 and his girlfriend Chantelle 15 who had a baby (Maisie) last week. The young parents are living with Chantelle’s mother Penny, 38, father Steve, 43, and five siblings in a council house in Eastbourne. The family lives on benefits.

For this weekend the two children find themselves at the centre of a global media feeding frenzy, bidding wars, contracts and the promise of hundreds of thousands of pounds – a sum many will see as a distinctly inappropriate return for a night of playing unprotected mothers and fathers. At least 15 television companies are locked in a fierce battle to make a documentary about the cherubic teenager’s young fatherhood, and media experts estimate Alfie could earn up to half a million pounds.

Despite what has been said about Alfie Patten, not all young families end in disaster.

James Sutton, from Manchester, became Britain’s youngest father of twins in 1999 when aged 13. James was only 12 when his 16-year old girlfriend, Sarah Drinkwater, conceived. The press predicted a bleak future but, a decade on, as well as looking after Leah and Louise, the couple have also had a third daughter, Ellie. After working full-time, James saved and bought the family their own £100,000 home. He helped look after the children while Sarah went through university. Speaking in 2007, James said: “If I could do it again I’d have waited until I was in my 20s, because I missed out on my own childhood.”

Read more on the Independent website

What News Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks

Sunday, February 8th, 2009
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Junk Food Ban Bypass

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Some schools have tried to fight obesity and stopped selling junk food but …

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Students get around school junk food ban by selling gum, candy, chocolate bars out of their lockers.

Relocations : The Daily Telegraph relocates in Australia.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Relocations are a major economical issue and I was really to read that even newspapers relocate. Read more here : it’s in French !

Violence in South Africa

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

You probably heard about what’s happening in South Africa at the moment, if you want to know more about it, read :

http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/readerblog/2008/05/23/xenophobia-symbolic-of-disparities-between-rich-and-poor/

or

http://www.rue89.com/2008/05/25/pourquoi-lafrique-du-sud-arc-en-ciel-est-gagnee-par-le-racisme