Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

Knock-on Effects (Dominoes) is a 2-minute animated short film created by Yann Benedi and Celine Desrumaux for the World Wildlife Fund.  Have you ever wondered to yourself  “What can I do….?”  You’re not alone!  We all have more power than we think, especially if we act together.  Your actions can make all the difference, and you could be the decisive link in a chain that has important impacts across the world.

In this animated short film, while going about his daily life, Colin begins to have concerns about the environment that he wants to express.  By the simple act of writing, Colin and many others like him end up being able to make far-reaching changes in the wider world.

Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

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Iran’s Nation of Bloggers: A Means of Revolution

Iran’s Nation of Bloggers: A Means of Revolution

Political dissent in Iran in the aftermath of last week’s national election has spread not only to the streets of Tehran, but also online, where protesters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and election observers have battled to get news out of the country for three days. Cellphone service was restored on Sunday after it had been down since Saturday, but Iranians could still not send text messages. Government filters have also cracked down on opposition party websites and social networking websites. Satellite internet connections have also been disrupted.

Foreign media outlets have found themselves coming under attack as they attempt to report on the protests ever since the official announcement that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a resounding victory in Friday’s poll. However, the government’s crackdown hasn’t prevented Iran’s young bloggers and activists from reporting by using proxy servers to get around the censors in a game of cat and mouse. Iran’s youthful and Web-savvy population has proven adept at using Twitter, blogs, mobile phones and social networks to spread the word about the post-election discord. Technology has proven to be extremely important in bypassing the government’s attempts to crackdown on dissent.

Millions of young bloggers are challenging the conservative government of Iran, at great personal risk. Iran: A Nation of Bloggers is an “infographic” video from the Vancouver Film School that powerfully tells this story in just 2 minutes. It explores how the digital world allows many Iranians access to ideas and freedom of expression they haven’t had for close to thirty years. Iran: A Nation of Bloggers is a visual essay that illustrates how blogging is a major cultural outlet for thousands of Iranians, despite it being a sometimes dangerous practice. Blogging is, in essence, a means of revolution.

Iran: A Nation of Bloggers

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