Friday, December 3, 2010

Facebook turns into a cartoon and anime photo album

Browsing my Facebook account these past few days is like flipping through the pages of a cartoon and anime photo album.
The message below was posted and went viral on Facebook. Reports say that this post has been circulating since December 1, also the same date when the “Change your profile picture to a cartoon character campaign” Facebook Page was created.

“Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood andinvite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec 6) there shouldbe no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is acampaign to stop violence against children.”

 Prior to this, a similar message was also posted stating:

"From the 16th to the 20th of November, we shall change our profile pictures to our favourite cartoon characters. The purpose of this game is to remove all photos of human for a few days from Facebook"

According to KnowYourMeme, it appears that this new meme (a cultural unit, such as an idea or practice that is passed from one person to another, in this case via the Internet) was originally written in Greek. It is still unknown where it originated. Moreover, there is even no violence against children-related event happening within the given time frame.

With all the mysteriousness behind the Facebook cartoon and anime profile pictures, the only thing clear to me is that most of my friends are willing to help in their own little way to stop violence against children. Putting cartoon or anime photos as profile pictures may not directly deter violence against children but it surely does raise awareness. And hopefully , as  A.I.D.A. says it , awareness (or attention) will be followed by interest, desire and ACTION.

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