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Recent Protest Memes and Music in Uganda

With the recent passage of the Anti-Pornography Bill and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, memes and art have emerged quickly online.  The Civic Beat writers An Xiao Mina and Ben Valentine recently contributed a couple articles to Hyperallergic looking at the responses: From An Xiao Mina: Nkoyooyo Brian, aka Brayo Bryans, »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Dec 16 Edition

As we enter the holiday season, we have lots of treats in store. Last week, we summed up our panel on “Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power” at the Yerba Buena Center’s Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival. And today, we kicked off our three-part interview with »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Dec 8 Edition

It’s been a happy start to December as we celebrate our strongest month so far, with nearly 4000 followers on Tumblr and rapid readership growth on our main blog. Hope our friends in colder climes in the northern hemisphere are staying warm! And for everyone else, enjoy a nice cool Sundae »

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Tom Daley, #BisexualFacts and Queer Visibility

Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our interview with @verylemonade, who tells us she started the hashtag in response to mainstream media commentary on the issue. Olympic diver Tom Daley recently came out on his YouTube channel as being in a relationship with a man. Despite Daley clearly admitting to liking »

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GitHubbed: Scapple Business Model Canvas + WordPress Recipe

We at the Civic Beat are huge fans (and beneficiaries) of the open source movement. That’s why several weeks ago, we silently set up shop on GitHub, one of the web’s largest repository of open source projects (amongst other things). And now, before we get ready to wind down for »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 24 Edition

So we’re still figuring out what’s going on, but we were super psyched to see our Tumblr follower counts shoot up this week… like to nearly 2000! While we’re sure some of those followers must be bots, we also hope there are some humans in there who want to get »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 17 Edition

Ready for this week’s Sundae? We have two new articles from Ben Valentine and Sean Kolodji, looking at memes in Vietnam and the US.  Stay tuned for more articles from Ben on the topic of Vietnamese meme culture (btw, have you seen Vietmeme yet?). We’ve been working hard on content »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 10 Edition

Happy November! Today is 11/10, which which makes it feel like we’re counting backward to 2014.  Our co-founder, An Xiao, has just returned from a 10-day fellowship with the USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism program.   She tells us she’ll be writing more about it soon, which we’re looking »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 3 Edition

Happy belated Halloween! Did any of you in NY see Jedward Snowden at HallowMEME? Or Asian Jon Snow? In other news, we unearthed a gem of a discussion on Tumblr about how Medusa (mythical Greek monster with snakes on hear head) is actually a victim of the gods; plus latining »

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The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 27 Edition

Jason kicked off this week with his coverage of Instagram Selfies and Hong Kong’s Free TV Movement; we were as surprised as you that Instagram became the dominant forum of civic expression! The other big event happened Saturday, when thousands gathered in Washington DC to join the anti-NSA surveillance, #StopWatchingUs »