Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blogger's Digest » 19 June 2012

United Arab Emirates: Anger at Madonna's Concert

Madonna kicked off her MDNA Tour on June 1, performing her debut concert in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The concert prompted controversy for the sexual themes and Madonna's revealing costumes. Netizens slammed Madonna on Twitter... the media was much kinder: "And it wasn’t just the songs that wowed the audience, elaborate dance routines (including some pretty racy moves!) and extravagant costumes were all part of the Madonna experience. She might be 53 years old, but she’s still got it!"

Speaking of twitter :::

Ahmad Shuja, an Afghan blogger and political commentator based in US, has assembled a list of 15 must-follow Twitter feeds by Afghan women leaders. Shuja explains: “I thought I’d try and share with the world the wonderful work Afghan women do everyday, often in extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances”.

If you have Arab roots but are living in Brazil, you may want to read Abu Ali Counts his Donkeys to your children, a popular story from the Middle East available in Portuguese on the International Children’s Digital Library. Overfour thousand children's books are available in 61 different languages for free with the aim of promoting tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.

Growth in social media activities has slowed down, indicates the research of Wave6 [sr; en], which surveyed active Internet users in 62 countries: Macedonia and Croatia are more involved in the social media than Serbia, where watching video clips is the most popular activity (91%). For the first time, there is a decrease in blogging, though social networking activities still prevail. ~ Danica Radovanovic

Blog Avestiyca explains [ru] how to become a popular blogger or social media user in Tajikistan. The author recommends an 11-step process which includes raising obvious issues, blaming everything on corrupt officials, using smart words, and criticizing those who dare to disagree with your opinion. I love this one: "Stay incognito, choose a nickname (not the one under which you know friends, and all the other.) You can pretend to be blonde."

China Media Project has translated a commentary on the recent discussion about the development of charity in China. The commentary is triggered off by a criticism made by a TV anchor, Cui Yongyuan on the Hunan Education Bureau's uncooperative manner towards charity work.
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