If you are a part of virtually any social network: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and even Pinterest, you have likely seen either, “Joseph Kony 2012” or, “Let’s Make Joseph Kony Famous” meme’s cropping up everywhere. Who is Joseph Kony and why is everyone trying to make him so relevant?
More than 2,000 people from 58 countries around the world participated in the 2011 “Virtual Choir 2.0” singing Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep” (the first Virtual Choir, Virtual Choir 1.0, “Lux Aurumque”, happened last year). The brain child of composer Eric Whitacre – who also produced and conducted both virtual choirs, the virtual chorale concept is a brilliant leveraging of YouTube, and the finished recording of the virtual chorus (see links below) is absolutely incredible – it sounds like you are in a vast concert hall filled with an incredible choir! And best of all, nearly anybody who can carry a tune can participate!
The Hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’, most recently best known for its role in attacking sites that withdrew services from Wikileaks after the infamous Wikileaks leak of the U.S. State Department documents, has announced that they intend to hack Facebook and take Facebook down – apparently permanently – on November 5th. (November 5th is Guy Fawkes Night (or Guy Fawkes Day, depending on your bent) in the U.K., honoring the day that, back in 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught beneath the House of Lords, guarding a cache of explosives intended to be used to assassinate King James I.)
With just two days until the 20-year anniversary of the horrific massacre at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government has censored and blocked Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Live.com and Hotmail.com, and even the new Microsoft Bing.com