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Bill Clinton’s tale var fra en anden tid

Samlede mine tanker, de tweets jeg havde markeret som favoritter, links, billeder m.m. i en hurtig Storify her til morgen, efter Clinton’s tale på gårsdagens konvent. Er blevet ramt af “kongres feber” og lidt ærgerlig over, at jeg var offline da republikanerne havde deres forsamling.

For ja, jeg får stadig gåsehud af “stomp speeches” og ja, er en af dem, der kan fælde en tåre, når salen lader sig rive med af taleren. Og så kan jeg ikke lade være med at sidde og sammenligne med de danske parti-kongresser, og notere mig alt fra scene set-up til uddelte skilte, fra tweets til målrettede mails. Måden at tale på er også helt-helt anderledes, og tak for det. Selvom det er medrivende i starten at høre alle soundbite’s talerne (“Obama saved the auto industry, Romney saved on taxes”), så bliver det tungt i længden, når de har pakket dem for tæt i programmet.

Ja, Ja. Hvis man en gang er blevet bidt af politik, hænger det åbenbart ved! Laver en opsamling på den digitale del af showet, når demokraternes kongres er ovre.

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Blogupdate

Som nogle måske har bemærket, har bloggen ligget lidt stille. Vi har begge haft os et omskifteligt år og er begge endt i nye jobs med nye udfordringer. Vi har pt. alt fra geografien til tiden imod os.

Da Anna er draget til Washington DC vil hun fortsætte med at blogge på engelsk på hendes Tumblr, mens bloggen her vil blive hjemsted for tanker om danske forhold, når hun bliver inspireret til at se mod hjemlandet. Da Astrid har indtaget stolen i Kulturministeriet som særlig rådgiver, er der hverken meget tid eller albuerum til at blogge.

Vi har længe blogget på engelsk her på bloggen, men det vil altså stoppe nu (stik imod hvad vi lovede vores åndskollegaer på Personal Democracy Forum 2009, hvor vi lovede hinanden at overkomme de europæiske sprog barriere ved at kommunikere mere på engelsk….Ahm. Sorry.)

When twitter opens a window into someone else’s life

I spotted this storify-article by AlJazeera about the tag #RIPAmina and the story behind it.

“#RIPAmina is gaining traction following the suicide of a young girl, Amina from Larache, Morocco. According to online reports, Amina was raped by a man 10 years her senior a year ago. Following an agreement between her family and a civil court Amina was forced to marry her rapist, which protected him from any criminal charges according to Moroccan penal code.”

Digital media do reach across borders and timezones and can give you a glimpse of someone elses life. Powerful, fascinating and this case, truly horrific.

Read the full article here.

Viral for better or for worse

March 7th was all about Kony2012 – A video the American organization, Invisible Children, launched to raise awareness about the cruelty of warlord Joseph Kony. March 8th was about the afterthought. Did we just get swept away?

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We are going to the awards!

It’s Oscar night 2012 on Sunday and by the looks of it, social media will be the big star, aka you + me = we will be stars!! Yay!

If you look at the other big television event this year, they have all exceeded expectations about how much people will participate and way in with thoughts and comments via Twitter and Facebook:

#savetheintern – a small big story on the brits, social media and political communication

#savetheintern was one of the most trending topics in all of England yesterday, thanks to a foolish intern at the House of Parliament. In an 2 min state of dumb wit this young intern used the twitter account of her boss, MP Tom Watson, to tweet the following:

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A world without wikipedia? No thanks

Today, I was reminded of how things were, before we grew accustomed to a free flow of information accessible to everyone with access to the web. And I don’t want to go back.

The campaign against SOPA and PIPA has taken different forms over the past months. The two pieces of legislation are feared by many, who claim they’ll ruin the web as we know it, and thus ruin the free flow of ideas and information. Today, Wikipedia made the boldest move yet, and subjected the English version of the crowd-sourced cyclopedia to a complete blackout. A move that echoed around the world, and even made headlines here in little Denmark.

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From protesters to #memes

You know something has taken hold in society, when the jokesters arrive and turn the grim reality in to humorous objects. You can’t tell jokes about something, unless people know what you’re talking about. It seems that the #Occupy movement have reached that stage, thanks to this policeman – Mr. “Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop”.

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