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|PopularityNeat..isn't this a live example of what you guys at TBWA call Media Arts and what we at Publiciscall Contagious Ideas..:)By kaustavdas | BangaloreFebruary 13, 2009 08:24:42 am:This may be fun and games for Facebook aficionados and trendy advertising metrogeeks, but itunderscores something far more perfidious -- the exponential growth of worldwide rightistradicalism. U.S. evangelicals, from James Dobson to Rick Warren, Islamic extremists, Talibanis of various stripes are actually more united than one may think; the aim of all their ideologies andbeliefs is essentially the same, the dissolution of Western liberalism, particularly in the sphere of social mores. So, cool Facebook widgetry and cute marketing phrases like "viral transmittance"notwithstanding, don't think that this new age tent show revival has no possibility of comingsoon to a park or a school or an office or a home near you. Just know that when it does, thevigilante chorus won't be persuading, cajoling, or asking anyone anything. They'll just be layingdown the law.By paynetaylor | ANDOVER, MAFebruary 13, 2009 10:38:17 am:The most amazing part of it all, as I see it is, the online groups actually take shape in the realworld. Commendable.A bunch of completely unrelated strangers ganging up on a networking site is one. But the samebunch of people taking time off from work and studies to make their voices heard in the realworld is totally bizarre (in a good way, that is).By jayanth2811 | ChennaiFebruary 13, 2009 11:30:18 am:The usual expressions of outrage happened with politicians and other similar creatures gettingtheir own shot at instant media fame, giving their party-appropriate soundbites. And that wouldhave been the end of it.But the age of Facebook activism has now dawned. A bunch of agitated people, mainly women,created a group called "A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women"and launchedthe "pink chaddi campaign," which exhorts everyone to send the Ram Sena a pink chaddi onValentine's Day, "because chaddis are forever."At the time of writing, it had about 8,000 members, increasing bythe minute. The mainstream media has also picked this up, withtheTimes of India carrying the story on its front page. AnotherFacebook group based on this premise is "Kamasutra Day -- A TrulyIndian Cultural Event."The silent Indian minority seems to be finding a platform inFacebook to voice its opinion and it will be interesting to see if thisbecomes more than a passing fad. I am personally loving it and amhoping that this fringe activism soon metamorphoses into a full-blown movement.Viva la Pink Chaddis!
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