Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The Alphabet of Buildings

German photographer, Lisa Rienermann has spent months photographing the skyline created by buildings. She has created the entire alphabet by taking pictures of the space in-between buildings in Barcelona...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Facebook Cartoon Campaign

This week Facebook seems to have transformed into a social network for 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Apparently, I am now friends with The Powerpuff girls, Hey Arnold, Sonic, Penny Crayon and Yogi Bear.

According to many a 'copy & pasted' status update...

"Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is in support for stopping violence against children."

Many people believe the campaign was started by the NSPCC to support their fight against cruelty to children. However, the NSPCC denies any involvement with the Facebook group. Although, it welcomes the new focus on the work the charity performs.

The instigator of this phenomenon sweeping Facebook has not yet come forward and many people are beginning to wonder how changing your profile picture is really helping children. Although it certainly draws focus to children's charities, perhaps it would have been better to encourage a donation, before you changed your photo? With 90,000 followers in the largest Facebook group (and there are many more), donating a pound a photo could have raised a lot of funds so far...

This is not the first time a charity's cause has gone viral on Facebook. Most recently, Facebook users changed their statuses to suggestive slogans such as "I like it on the table" or "I like it on the floor" to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These phrases predictably raised a few eyebrows on the site. But little did they know that women were actually referring to wear they keep their handbag.

Are you a social media addict?