If there was no Internet...

If there was no internet

By | December 6, 2012

This is just something I came across on Diaspora, the social media network. When I was in still in school, the internet was just coming about. Now it’s everywhere. Read more »


The EU Favours Stability Over Democracy

By | May 7, 2012

“Merkel’s idea of unending budgetary discipline is anti-democratic”, argues professor Heikki Patomäki.

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May Day Poster Parade

By | April 30, 2012

To get into the spirit of May Day, slow-news-day.net looked up some fizzy May Day posters. Here’s some of the cool stuff found online. Read more »

We Are the Web

By | March 5, 2012

What does the Internet mean for the kids who have grown up with it?

Why the struggles for democracy are so intertwined with the fight for internet freedom?

Slow-news-day.net would like to present a piece, which attempts to explain what and why. The original essay is called My, dzieci sieci and it’s written by Piotr Czerski, a Polish poet and blogger (born 1981).

Slow-news-day.net came across the English translation We, the Web Kids by Marta Szreder on the The Atlantic website. We edited a concise version that highlights some of the more interesting points of the original text. The essay is available in its entirety on Pastebin under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0).

So here Piotr or any of the “web kids” is talking as a “we” of the internet generation to “you”, the proverbial old fart. Read more »

Street Art Arises in Pori, Finland

By | February 6, 2012

Street art signed by Dolk, Bergen, Norway.

Street art signed by Dolk, Bergen, Norway. Picture By Badzil CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Some of the great names in street art such as Dolk, Blu and Invader are creating works in Pori during the spring. The Street Art – The New Generation exhibition and urban art project showcases works in the galleries of the Pori Art Museum and public outdoor spaces.

Norwegian artist Dolk will create an outdoor piece at the city’s Youth Workshop in February as well as a painting in the Hall at the Pori Art Museum. Read more »

An old man and his sheep

We Are Getting Old, People

By | January 29, 2012

A growing number of adults in the developed countries are choosing not to have children even if they could. Adults are opting to live the more care-free, less expensive life without burden of babies. Global birth rates have dropped almost by half from 1950’s to now (UNdata). Read more »

Comic commenting the Mohammed caricature controversy restored

By | December 30, 2011

Remember the Danish caricatures of Prophet Mohammed and all the commotion they stirred? It started in the Fall of 2005. In Finland there was a little side episode in connection to the caricatures. The Finnish Government, headed by prime minister Matti Vanhanen, apologised to the Islamic world for the caricatures published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Read more »

Facebook vs. Diaspora* in stop-motion

By | November 5, 2011

Have you heard about the new social network called Diaspora* but still not quite certain how it differs from Facebook? Check out this nice and informative video by Craig Antweiler (http://craig-antweiler.com):

And still, if you’re not up to watching the video, this is the gist: Diaspora* is a non-profit, user-owned, distributed social network. Diaspora mission: “to build a new and better social web, one that’s 100% owned and controlled by you and other Diasporans.”

Heritage cover art by Travis Smith.

Recommended music: Opeth Heritage

By | October 24, 2011

Opeth: Heritage (2011)

Opeth has been pushing the boundaries of Swedish metal scene with their progressive approach for a couple of decades, but with they most recent offering they actually grow out of their genre of birth. On Heritage the distorted guitars are not quite so distorted anymore, singer Mikael Åkerfeldt has swallowed the vocal growls, and instead of turbocharged drums of doom there are now drums that sound naturally acoustic. Read more »


Alternative, geeky, growing Diaspora*

By | October 16, 2011

Facebook and Twitter are still the mainstream of social networking. Diaspora is the independent alternative gathering pace. I have used Diaspora actively for couple of weeks now, and I’m quite excited about it.

Diaspora combines neatly the best half of basic functions from both Facebook and Twitter. Google+ has in turn borrowed quite a lot from Diaspora. It isn’t far fetched to say that Diaspora’s technical features make any other social media services obsolete.
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