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All posts tagged "nelson mandela"

  • Quirk wins YouTube film hack with its LEGO Mandela video campaign

    Annnnd they've done it! Digital agency Quirk has won the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Film Hack, with its clever use of LEGO to tell the life story of the former South African president. The competition aimed to inspire the South African nation to follow in Madiba's footsteps through a campaign centred on the statesman's legacy. Participants were given a standard brief, a tight deadline and the opportunity to attend the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity if their YouTube creation won overall. Quirk came up with a video which showcased the highlights of Mandela's life using LEGO figurines, coupled with an...

  • 11 of the most viral hoaxes in internet history

    The internet is good for a lot of things. Perhaps most importantly though, it has fundamentally changed the way we access information. Nowhere has this been more visible than in the media space. Journalists now have access to more data and can more easily check facts than at any other time in history. In the race to be first with a story though, those facts can sometimes go missing. Even when the online press doesn't get involved though, there's still ample for an online lie to get halfway around the world before the truth's even had a chance to...

  • 12 Instagram photos that helped define some of 2013’s biggest news events

    With over 150-million active users posting 55-million photos a day from all three of the major smartphone platforms, Instagram is becoming an increasingly important conduit for the way we process important news events. It gives us a visual-first glimpse into how people on the ground are experiencing these events, something which the addition of video in June only added to. As 2013 draws to a close, we've rounded up Instagram photos from some of the year's biggest news events. While we have tried to make the list as global as possible, it is worth remembering that it...

  • ‘Fake’ Mandela signer gets the Jimmy Kimmel treatment

    In the last day or so, there have been a number of developments surrounding the dubious sign language interpreter from the official Nelson Mandela memorial service. From claiming to have had a schizophrenic episode to revelations that he was under investigation for fraud and had once held someone hostage with a brick all adding to the sense of astonishment that Thamsanqa Jantjie was allowed anywhere near some of the world's most powerful leaders. But just how bad was his signing? A number of experts have already weighed in, but US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's decision to bring in...

  • Fish rabbit car park: dubious Mandela memorial signer has a Twitter account

    Nothing is sacred on the internet, especially when there are 140 characters to go all Tourette syndrome with. Things get even more dodgy when the official sign language interpreter at a state memorial turns out be fake -- you know where this is going. Here is the gist: the signer at Nelson Mandela's official memorial service is apparently fake, so now there is a Twitter account (@MemorialSigner) tweeting unintelligible things, because we live in a world of parody. The internet is exploding with official and anecdotal reports about the incident and the Deaf Federation of South Africa is not impressed....

  • Watch Barack Obama’s full speech from the Nelson Mandela memorial service

    Among the world leaders who spoke at Nelson Mandela's memorial service today, US president Barack Obama was undoubtedly the most well-received. Obama spoke of Mandela's importance on the global stage, comparing him with other great fighters for justice such as Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. America's first black president also spoke about the impact Mandela had on his own political career: Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities - to others, and...

  • These heat maps show how Nelson Mandela’s death impacted the world

    Last week, the world woke up to the news that former president Nelson Mandela had died. The news spread across the web and effectively transformed it. On social media there were around 10-million posts and tributes from all over the web, showing just how deeply the world felt the loss. With help of the folks at Vertabox, a Twitter mapping platform, we've put together some heat maps of the social conversation around the former statesman. What's cool about the maps from Vertabox is that it not only tracks the tweets but also highlights the media conversation rather just individual tweets....

  • Watch Nelson Mandela’s memorial service streamed live online

    Thousands of ordinary people and global dignitaries will today gather at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for the official memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Members of the public were able to get seats on a first come first served basis and while the service will be screened in a number of locations, it simply won't be possible for some people to get to any of those places. The SABC is however live-streaming the entire service as well as events around it on YouTube. The service is set to start at 11:00 CAT and will end at 15:00 CAT. Alternatively...

  • Nelson Mandela: the numbers behind the internet’s heartbreak

    On my way to work today a friend noted the change in information flow and news. "I heard about 9/11 on TV via CNN, Michael Jackson's death on Twitter, and now Nelson Mandela on WhatsApp," she observed. The numbers continue to show after almost every major world event that social media is an (almost) accurate reflection of tone and sentiment. Nelson Mandela has died, and the world is gripped by sadness. I found out on Facebook and went to Twitter to confirm and get more information. The statesman had been battling with illness for several months now and has been...

  • How the web looked the day Nelson Mandela died: 55+ top sites transformed

    The world is in mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela. The former South African president and renowned statesman passed away in his Johannesburg late on Thursday night, following a long battle with illness. It is a mark of the esteem in which the freedom fighter turned statesman was held that sites from across the world paused to mark his passing in some way. Across the globe, his death has dominated news headlines, with many sites building specialist pages in order to do coverage of his death full justice. A number of corporate and retail sites meanwhile have also...

  • Mandela mourned, NSA knows where you are and Amazon’s drones: #StuffToKnow this week

    Madiba passes and leaves behind a better world than he came in to, but the NSA is tracking your every move, and I do mean you. Amazon meanwhile wants to deliver your books via drones and Yahoo! is climbing back up. The most important investor in America wants Apple to buy its own stock. Oh and by the way, in case you were wondering, you can track Santa to his village in the North pole. INTERNET Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95. Noble Peace Prize winner, and former South African...

  • Wishes and condolences: Nelson Mandela’s last days as told on social media

    The news hit Twitter early on a Saturday morning in June, South African time: the country's first democratically elected president had been rushed to hospital in the middle of the night for treatment for a recurring lung infection -- a remnant of the health problems brought about during his imprisonment on Robben Island during apartheid. As local and international media crews and well wishers gathered around the Nobel Peace Prize winner's Johannesburg home and the hospital where he was staying, people around the world took to Twitter to spread the news and offer their messages of support. The visit was...

  • Tributes to #Madiba flood Instagram following world statesman’s death

    Former South African president and global statesman Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, following a long battle with illness. The iconic leader's death has sparked a wave of tributes across social media, with some of the most touching ones being found on Instagram. A number of the tributes took the form of pictures of Mandela, along with some of his most iconic quotes: Others told the story of what happened outside Mandela's Johannesburg home as the news broke: Singer Beyonce Knowles meanwhile posted a photo of her and her husband Jay-Z sitting with Mandela.

  • Nelson Mandela’s grandsons start social network for change

    Two of Nelson Mandela's grandsons have set up a social network in honour of their grandfather. Mandela.is will reportedly allow its users, called citizens, to connect, share inspirational photos, stories and articles in an attempt to mirror the statesman's positive impact on the world. According to a report by press agency SAPA, the site is being built by the company behind Lady Gaga's social network littlemonsters.com. “It’s a social network around the inspiration my grandfather gave to the world,” said Ndaba Mandela. “People can share what Mandela inspired them to do, to give back to their communities.” According to Ndaba,...

  • University apologises after Mandela obituary appears on website

    The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), one of South Africa's foremost institutions of higher learning, has apologized for an obituary to former president Nelson Mandela that people managed to find on its website. According to the university the obituary, prepared in anticipation of the ailing statesman's death, was never issued nor published by the university but was made searchable due to a "technical error" on the site. The obituary was titled Hamba kahle Tata Mandela and dated 31 July 2013. In its statement, the university apologizes to "family members, friends, fellow South Africans and global citizens for an obituary...