What’s Up World? #4

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 05.10.12

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines


Gaga’s Little Monsters Celebrate Imperfection

Our beloved Lady Gaga has launched the ‘Body Revolution 2013’ campaign, encouraging her army of dedicated fans to upload pictures of the body parts that they don’t like in order to “make flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous”.

Since being criticized for rocking a fuller figure, the Born This Way Foundation creator got the ball rolling, uploading images of herself in her underwear and revealing that she struggled with eating disorders in her younger years.

Don’t Retreat – Retweet!

Freedom-fighting contemporary artist and social media activist Ai WeiWei is being pursued by the Chinese government once again.

Since designing the Beijing 2008 Olympic stadium, AKA the bird’s nest, Ai WeiWei has used his public profile to criticize the government’s aversion to democracy and shine a light on domestic human rights abuses. As a result, he has been followed, beaten, arrested and imprisoned, fined, had his studio demolished and now his business firm is being closed down.

Determined to draw the world’s attention to political injustices being committed within China via Twitter and other digital media, Ai WeiWei has coined the catchphrase, “Don’t retreat – retweet!” A brilliant documentary about his work, Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry, has been doing the rounds of the world’s indie film festivals, to massive acclaim. Check it out if you can!

Spreading the #MuslimLove

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen and/or heard countless reports of the reactions of Muslims around the world to the now famous anti-Islam video that’s been doing the rounds online; some peaceful protests, others more violent expressions of so called “Muslim rage”.

But a less celebrated counter-narrative is emerging online, promoting religious tolerance and peace and expressing concerns about the misrepresentation of Islam. The hashtag #MuslimLove is being used on Twitter to counter the popularised #MuslimRage meme; videos of citizens across Pakistan cleaning up in the aftermath of a protests are being uploaded; images of protests against violence and terrorism are being uploaded, such as “Rescue Benghazi Friday”, which saw peaceful crowds fill the streets of the Libyan city last week. Wonder if that one will make it to the cover of Newsweek

Get Einstein’s Brain on your iPad

Looking to become a genius? There’s an app for that.

The brain of the most famous physicist of all time, Albert Einstein, has been digitally preserved and made available as an iPad app for your interactive viewing pleasure. A team from a Chicago medical museum have scanned and digitized around 350 1×3 inch slides that were made from slices of Einstein’s brain tissue just after he died in 1955.

The microscopic view of one of the finest brains ever to exist is available from the iTunes Store for just $9.99.

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld