Masoud Bwisri has become a star in Libya since the start of the revolution last year. As the protests turned into a fight for freedom, Bwisri marched on the front lines with his guitar side by side with machine guns and rocket launchers. A year after the start of this revolution, fears of what the future holds are in the forefront of public concern. Bwisri believes that the revolution has brought guns instead of peace as militias have not turned over their guns and in many cases have more control than the National Transition Council (NTC). “Music brings peace. Machine guns cannot bring peace. Strings, for me,” said Bwisri, “are stronger than guns.”
What an exciting time we are living in! It’s one where the people of the planet, internet users everywhere, can rise up, make their voices heard and change the world! The legislative precipice we’ve been perched on lately, one that could make our free internet drastically more controlled, is quickly losing support. Fight for the Future, creators of the massively popular video below about SOPA and PIPA summed up yesterday’s internet blackout the best [Read more...]
The Internet community has spoken and it appears U.S. lawmakers have listened…for now. Visual News was proud to join the January 18th black-out protest. We’re also excited to be back online sharing great visual content with you. That said, the fight is far from over. SOPA and PIPA have lost some support, but the lobbyists behind them will find new acronyms to disguise internet censorship legislation. We encourage you to stay vigilant with us in the fight against internet censorship. [Read more...]
If you are a regular reader of Visual News, you may have noticed that today we participated in what is turning out to be the largest ever internet blackout in history… a protest symbolically showing what the internet could look like if the proposed PIPA or SOPA bills pass in the US Congress. The massive voluntary shutdown garnered attention just about everywhere and was participated in by behemoth sites the likes of Craigslist, Reddit and Wikipedia. So what does PIPA and SOPA mean for our shareable internet world, and why should you sign this online letter to congress? Below, Clay Shirky delivers a brilliant talk at the TED offices, challenging us to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share in the digital world. [Read more...]
In times of great turmoil musicians find inspiration in the moment and attempt to capture the state of political unrest and put the revolution to music and art. In Libya, there’s no exception. MC Swat, 23, is a lyricist who’s been writing blistering lyrics against the Gaddafi regime since the uprising began in February. [Read more...]
Here is the newest piece by artist Robbie Douglas. Titled “Breaking Through,” it represents the green Libyan flag with its citizens breaking through. An all seeing eye peers out from behind the curtain witnessing and remembering the tumultuousness events in the country. He used hb and 6b pencils, tortillions and colored pencils on Bristol paper. Click the image for a full size view.