Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Around The Blogosphere 23 May 2012

South Africa: The Spear, Freedom of Speech and Morality

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A South African art gallery that displayed a controversial painting showing the country's president with his genitals exposed announced Tuesday it was closing its doors temporarily because of threats. The decision came after vandals defaced the artwork. The painting by Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray depicting President Jacob Zuma's genitals ignited online debate about morality and freedom of speech in South Africa. The painting entitled “The Spear” is part of the Hail to the Thief II exhibition in Johannesburg.

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Grrrrr! It's enough to make me wanna "juice" my BlackBerry!

Bad enough the camera takes lousy pictures! Since Sunday the Virgin Mobile Network has been very shakey - my home broadband is now slower than my dial-up service - and the BlackBerry gets NOTHING - no signal at all - no updates all night last night! The accompanying photo is the one I would have preferred to use with the news report I filed on Monday (hover and click for a larger view) but check out the "oops" in it! Hey, nobody's perfect! I'm thinking of jury-rigging my old kyocera wildcard to enable it to take pictures that I might retrieve via data cable. Will keep you updated on that...

China: Campaign to Clean ‘Foreign Trash' Out of Beijing

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A campaign to rid Beijing of illegal foreign residents has created controversy in China, with Chinese people expressing widely differing viewpoints on social media. A famous television host has labelled a reporter for Al-Jazeera as 'foreign trash' and invited police to run background checks on the blogger who has criticised his xenophobic remarks

Facebook Falls On It's Face ::: The Social Network’s May 18 IPO—which set the market value of the social-networking giant at $105 billion—sparked significant discussion on Twitter, blogs and Facebook itself, with more expressions of skepticism than confidence about the stock's value, according to a report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Users of Twitter were the most doubtful... [read more at]

Here's a fascinating article about adrinka symbols by Caribbean Blogmeister Geoffrey Philp
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