Anti Human Trafiicking Ad

A new concept to raise awareness of the global issue of human trafficking has just been released. An advert, which was filmed in the Amsterdam red light displays the ‘reality’ facing many of the cities sex workers.

What do think about adverts to raise awareness on such issues?

Does the advert make its point clear enough? Is it ‘hard hitting’ enough?

Will this raise new awareness about the global issue of human trafficking?

Take a look at the Youtube link to the advert, and give me your opinions please.

Sling Your Hook UN

Could this be the Internet of the future?

What typifies freedom of speech? The internet maybe, perhaps so but all that could change under proposals to reform the Information and Communications Treaty of 1998 by the UN.

Gary Shapiro, president of the US’s Consumer Electronics Association, told the BBC;
“Many countries are used to getting revenue from telephone calls, and those telephone calls have gone away in favour of various internet-based video services which don’t produce revenue for them.”

“So they are looking to recover it and they are trying to put a charge on incoming internet access. So if you have a website which is very popular worldwide you would have to pay to get access to them – we think that is wrong”.

“We think the value of the internet is that it is available to everyone for free without international barriers.”

Google agree and are imploring people to sign their petition against such possible moves. After all who would benefit from curtailing any avenue of free speech, well, the very Governments who profess to adhere to such policies of course. These Governments are the ones who will decide the fate of the free and open internet, not you the user.

In fact any agreed new powers could authorise any Government to cut internet access, block sites and content; in effect censoring what their people can publish on-line and access.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your favourite sites? Maybe including this one?

Below is the link to Google’s on-line petition:

Take Action Google’s Petition

Doing It ‘Gangnam Style’

‘What?’ I hear you say; ‘What the Hell is Gangnam Style?’ Sounds a little bit weird doesn’t it, yet this music style has taken off with bang from Korea, and has now touched down all over the world as a new phenomenon fascinating everyone.

Have a look at this video on YouTube if you haven’t seen ‘Gangnam Style’ in action: YouTube video courtesy of: officialpsy

‘Gangnam Style’ is a 2012 single released by Korean rapper PSY. It debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart, the national record chart of South Korea. The music video has been viewed over 320 million times on YouTube as of September 30, 2012. This makes ‘Gangnam Style’ Youtube’s most watched Korean pop (K-pop) video.

Even The Urban Dictionary is getting in on the act; September 12 2012 their word of the day was ‘Gangnam Style’:

Definition of ‘Gangnam Style is:

‘A Korean neologism mainly associated with upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul’s Gangnam district (강남), which is considered the most affluent part of the metropolitan area’. In colloquial usage, it is comparable to the English slang terms “swag” or “yolo”. As the saying goes; ‘Who needs food when you got Gangnam Style?’

Pic below: Caption says it all!

By early September 2012, ‘Gangnam Style” flash mobs have started to appear in various cities of the world. ‘Gangnam Style’ has become a source of parodies and reaction videos.

Korean Rapper PSY has brought the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance to various locations including; The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Dodger Stadium, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Samsung commercials. It has been shared on the Internet by numerous celebrities including T-Pain, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Tom Cruise. It has been covered by music artists such as; Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5. It has been featured in international media outlets such as; CNN International, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the global politics magazine Foreign Policy.

‘Gangnam Style’ has been praised for its catchy beat and humorous dance moves. On September 17, the song was nominated for Best Video at the upcoming 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. On September 20, 2012, ‘Gangnam Style’ was recognised by Guinness World Records as the “Most ‘Liked’ Video in YouTube History”.

Above information courtesy of:

What do you think of this ‘Gangnam Style’ phenomenon sweeping the globe? Does it have you dancing in your seat or bored rigid? Is it a passing phase, a one hit wonder or is it here to stay?

Put your comments below please 🙂

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