Sydney’s Daily Telegraph profits from footage of child abuse? So here’s a curious thing. Back at the end of last year, a Queenslander allegedly shared on video sharing site Liveleak, footage of a man swinging a child around in what critics believed to be a dangerous fashion. The man — who had no involvement in the Russian video beyond its reposting — was charged by Queensland Police, reported SMH at the time on the grounds that he had shared footage of child abuse. Meanwhile, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph site is currently sharing what it describes as “horrific” video footage of terrified babies being thrown off a building. Still, there is one difference between the two incidents. The Tele’s footage is preceded by a pre-roll ad. — Mumbrella
Twitter does opera England’s world-famous Royal Opera House is getting with the times by launching the world’s first Twitter libretto, the Independent reports. Participants send lyrical tweets to @youropera, which will be set to familiar and original opera music in The Twitter Opera next month. Some critics worry it cheapens the art form, but an Opera House rep calls it the “perfect way for everyone to become involved”. — Newser
Capturing Hiroshima Creative artists of ever variety have made incisive, satiric or powerful statements about nuclear threat. They have offered cautionary works that depict the horror of the bomb or its meaning in our society. What these artistic statements share, however, with rare exceptions, is an avoidance of the specific subject of Hiroshima. — The New York Times
Australia’s brief rally in that pointless nineteenth-century game — the Afghan war, not the Ashes though the latter term fits — got army barmy Tim Blair all excited:
Scots sniper Corporal Christopher Reynolds discusses a successful one-mile shot on another Taliban leader:
‘He dropped straight away into the arms of a fighter behind him. The guy just panicked and dropped the leader and ran away. He had been given a lead sleeping tablet. I was quite proud of that shot – it is the longest recorded kill in Afghanistan. I am going to use that fact as a chat-up line in the pub when I get back home.’
It’s been a great week for the good guys.
Wow! A mile-long shot! Another eleven thousand nine-hundred and ninety-nine, and they’d be in range to hit Tim himself — or any of the journos who spruiked the war from well behind the lines. That’d really burst Tim’s bubble. Or burst something — Guy Rundle.
Rather on the state of the media You don’t have to care about media companies or reporters to care about the state of the news, because if it’s in trouble — and it surely is — this country is in trouble. That’s why, while speaking recently at the Aspen Institute, I called upon President Obama to form a commission to address the perilous state of America’s news media. — Dan Rather, The Washington Post
Rewriting the internet map A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris. The net’s regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called “top-level” domain names, such as .com or .uk. The decision means that companies could turn brands into web addresses, while individuals could use their names. A second proposal, to introduce domain names written in Asian, Arabic or other scripts, was also approved. “We are opening up a new world and I think this cannot be underestimated,” said Roberto Gaetano, a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). — BBC News
Video games the key to world peace? People involved in the Games for Change movement seem to have an answer for the classic art question: Did Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica prevent a single unnecessary death? Yes, most definitely. Or at least it would have a better chance if it were turned into a video game. — Mother Jones