Polish Blogosphere Roundup

With almost 20,000 names (and counting) added to a digital petition against a restrictive DRM (Digital Rights Management) bill in the Polish legislature, Poland IP news and resources reports that:

Under the heavy critique of the public opinion the Ministry of Culture withdrew some most criticized provisions (inter alia changes to the penal code) but the situation is still unclear – there is no official version of the text.

A small, provisional victory for ‘clicktivists’ and yet according to Poland IP, it's demonstrable proof that a critical mass in Poland sees the internet as a legitimate means of expressing and organizing public dissent.

But that's not all… Internet activism, or clicktivism, comes in a variety of forms this month. Combining the PC mouse and camera, Fotosia, clicks together a compelling photo display of a much blogged about (see the beatroot, boo, and P3) recent Equality Parade in Warsaw. Starting with perhaps the protagonists (‘heroes‘?) of the parade, on to the antagonists (the bad folks – they even wear black!), and ending with a display of faceless state power (a perspective reflecting the photographer's own ambivalance to the state?), Photosia captures the parade.

And not to rain on anyone's Polish parade…but the World Cup is well underway and the Polish football team is probably already home (ahead of many fans I reckon). Polska*ポーランド*Poland provides some interesting photos of the Poland- Germany match (0-1), televised in the center of Warsaw. P3 adds some heart-wrenching match afterthoughts; while the beatroot identifies a scapegoat (or legitimate solution?) to Poland's last-minute loss. In the comments section, anonymous defends the Polish coach:

“… Janas should be fired but some arguments of his are valid.. anyway please note that IT IS NOT THE ERA OF coaches teaching players how to play. All players do play in their respective leagues aroung Europe or at home and in 3 weeks Janas had with them not much could be changed.”

Continuing the search for a scapegoat, this time in the field of crime prevention, the beatroot outlines a controversial thesis put forward by Freakonomists, Steven Levitt and Dubner. The suggestion made in the post, that re-legalizing abortion would reduce the crime rate in Poland, was not necessarily the beatroot's but it did spark a lively debate in the comments section.

That’s the Poland blogopshere update! Until next time – Do widzenia y po widzenia!

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