Friday, January 20, 2012
Protesters and steampunkers: The best of iReport this week

iReporters worldwide documented a week in which protesters took to the streets (and online) to bring attention to the issues of most concern to them. We also saw Pacific Northwesterners in the U.S. enjoying a January snowfall, and some extremely creative costumes (see below). Here are just a few of the best this week:


Romania protests

Photographer Mugur Varzariu was one of several iReporters in Bucharest, Romania, helping to document clashes that broke out this week. Sunday evening, demonstrators protested austerity measures and called for early elections and the resignation of President Traian Basescu. Varzariu says anti-riot police used water canons and tear gas to disperse crowds that hurled rocks and set cars on fire.

Taiwan election

Longtime iReporter Neal Moore shared these videos and photos of rallies in Taipei, Taiwan, during a contentious and high-profile election for the country's presidency. “As an observer, I think to witness and document first hand the optimism and resulting on-the-street reality of democracy in action here in East Asia, was a great experience,” he said. “In my view, I'm thus both satisfied and thrilled with the victor.”

"Occupy" moves to Congress

Freelance photographer
Bryan Dozier observed as Occupy protesters marched up the steps of the U.S. Capitol and demonstrated on Monday. One of his photos shows a protester on the ground after he reportedly had a seizure during the march up Constitution Avenue.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ditto Gorme shot some lovely black-and-white photos of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Atmore, Alabama, where he lives. “Honoring [MLK] reminds each one of us how we are all equal and that we all have the same rights as others,” Gorme said.

Steampunkers show off their wares

The San Diego, California area has made a name for itself as the home of Comic-Con, and nearby Long Beach, California gave us an early taste of the convention. The four-day-long “Steampunk Symposium” took place aboard the famous Queen Mary in nearby Long Beach, California, and iReporter Chris Morrow was there for the whole thing. She said it "felt like I was in a 'Sherlock Holmes' movie."

January 20, 2012
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I love this coverage but wanted to add to the description. Steampunk is an underground artistic movement which has been around for over a century and tends to be dystopian meets Victorian or "retrofuture". It mainly comes from the sci-fi genre and comic book genres from H.G.Wells to Batman, where for example, Gotham City's technology and humanity is a mix of future with remnants of what remains from the past (mutants included). Some other examples of steampunk movies are "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"(1954), "The Time Machine" (1960) Erasurehead (1977) Brazil (1985) and more recently City of Ember (2008), The Prestige (2006), all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and even Harry Potter. I'm sure there also is an underground music subculture going on in some college towns --like the band Timber Timbre from Canada. Florence and the Machine has a steampunk aspect to them and even Coldplay. I also think of Tom Waits and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Even the fashion industry is starting to pickup on it since I'm seeing alot of lacey Victorian styles mixed with leather and brass lately. Steampunk is about to become somewhat mainstream, although it really always has been!

January 20, 2012
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Nice photo of the Occupy protesters!  You managed to get all 35 of them into the picture! :)

January 21, 2012
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I bet the steampunk's hypno-ray also works great at protecting his virginity.

January 21, 2012
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"Steampunkers show off their broken crap glued to their tophats" is what the article should have been titled.

January 21, 2012
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There is no such thing as "Best of" with iReports. CNN should drop this feature and let the fools publish their stuff on Youtube, where it belongs. iReports are nothing more than poorly reported "look at me" tales for people in need of attention. Lose it.

January 21, 2012
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My favorite early Steampunk production was the original Wild Wild West series.  Odd that it is seldom mentioned in these discussions.

January 21, 2012
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OCCUPY is a wicked wicked organization.

January 21, 2012
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January 22, 2012
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  With all the criticism ireports must be doing a good job!

January 22, 2012
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Just glue some gears on it and call it steampunk (eyeroll) 


Steampunk is an alternate reality based on the idea of the future imagined in the victorian and edwardian eras.

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