To celebrate Ukraine’s national language day earlier this month, Facebook user Fedir Gontsa photoshopped an image of American actor Chuck Norris holding a book written in Ukrainian. Global Voices tells the story of how that small prank got mistaken for the truth and was reprinted in several Ukrainian news outlets with the story that Norris had met with Ukrainian expats in Canada.
Just goes to show, social media might be a great place to find new stories, but it is no replacement for old-fashioned just-the-facts reporting.
A video that may or may not show hundreds of Russians booing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a mixed martial arts match this past weekend has gone viral. Almost 2 million people have now watched the video of the incident, which took place on 20 November after Putin appeared in the ring to congratulate Fedor on his victory. While the organizers and Kremlin claim that the crowd was razzing the defeated American fighter, Jeff Monson, many believe the audience’s anger was directed at Putin. Read More »
He is the most popular Georgian on Facebook, and the number of his fans increased after a recent announcement by his billionaire father, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s richest man according to Forbes, with an estimated worth of $5.5billion. Ivanishvili declared that he would form a political party and take part in the 2012 parliamentary elections.
Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »