September 30, 2007
A MATTER OF FACE[BOOK]:
Backpacker turns activist, with boost from Facebook (David Fox, September 30, 2007, Reuters)
A chance encounter in a Burman coffee shop turned Canadian backpacker Alex Bookbinder into a political activist at the forefront of an Internet campaign that has attracted tens of thousands of supporters.
Bookbinder, 19, is the creator of the "Support the Monks' Protest in Burma" campaign on the Internet social networking site Facebook.
The campaign seeks to draw attention to the violent crackdown by Burma's military rulers against prodemocracy protests led by the country's revered Buddhist monks. It has attracted nearly 140,000 members since being launched on Sept. 19, and thousands more are joining each day.
"I'm overwhelmed by the response," Bookbinder said in an interview conducted, appropriately, over the Internet.
Gotta turn that attention to a single achievable purpose though, like demanding a US boycott of the Beijing Olympics if China doesn't help isolate the junta. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2007 9:33 AM