[Vietnam] Tech in Asia's Anh-Minh Do writes about a Facebook profile picture trend to mourn the passing of General Vo Nguyen Giap: "But this way of using the profile picture as a statement predates political climates in Vietnam. Oftentimes, students and organizers of events or causes will oftentimes change their Facebook profile pictures or cover photos to market things they support. It’s commonplace."

The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 20 Edition

Happy Sunday! We don’t have any new articles this week as we’ve been busy preparing for a few projects, but we do have some great news. Ben Valentine, our strategist and regular contributor, will be speaking at SXSW alongside Andres Monroy-Hernandez of Microsoft Research, Elena Agapie at Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, and J. Nathan Matias of »

[Italy] Warriors or Balls? Power bills in Italy are the steepest of all of Europe. So it was no wonder that power company Enel's #Warriors campaign backfired and is being parodied as the #Assholes/Balls campaign.

The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 13 Edition

It’s Sunday the 13th! That must mean something somewhere, right? This week we only had one Reader article but it was a tasty one. Swedish videographer and meme-nographer Sara Fritzon spoke with us about memes about fika, a tasty essential snack for Swedes. For this Sundae, we’re trying out a »

2013-10-06

The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 5 Edition

Ahhh… fall is in the air. And so is autumn love, and pastas falling in love online. We recently wrote about the #BoycottBarilla/#BoicottBarilla meme that blew up on Twitter and Facebook in response to homophobic remarks from the chairman of the  Barilla pasta group. Mr. Barilla in turn issued a »

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New Articles and Talks from The Civic Beat Team

Our core team at The Civic Beat have been busy with public outreach these past few weeks!  Here are a few updates: Ben Valentine moderated a panel on art hacking for #ArtsTechSF at Hub Berkeley, with local artists Kat Parkin and Danielle Siembieda, and The Civic Beat’s An Xiao Mina. The »

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When Pastas Fall In Love… and #BoycottBarilla

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Barilla Group pasta empire, is apologizing for his remarks last week about gay families. Last Thursday, The Independent reported that Barilla expressed his views on La Zanzara, an Italian radio show: “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like »

2013-9-29

The Civic Beat Sundae: Sept 29 Edition

In this week’s edition of The Civic Beat Sundae, Ben Valentine looked at memes around #TransferDeadlineDay, the highly anticipated football/soccer event that seems to get the whole world paying attention.  And our correspondent from Uganda, Daniel Mwesigwa, teamed up with An Xiao to look at the creative imagery Kenyans posted online »

2013-9-22

The Civic Beat Sundae: Sept 22 Edition

Ready for your weekly scoop of internet culture writing? This week, we published a look at #Tokyo2020 memes from Japan and the West (a topic we’re still exploring – reach out if you have any experience!) and we followed up on #AskAMemeMaker Day with Laura Isaac and Phil Good, who »

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#AskAMemeMaker – What did we learn?

A few months ago, as part of our efforts to build a community around The Civic Beat and meme-making, we launched #AskAMemeMaker Day, in the same vein as #AskACurator.  Hyperallergic, one of our spiritual blog forebears, was kind enough to write a short piece about it, and we were pleased »

2013-9-15

The Civic Beat Sundae: September 15 Edition

Introducing… The Civic Beat Sundae: Your weekly scoop of internet culture writing from ’round the web.  The Civic Beat team has been tinkering a lot in the background as we prepare our public-facing site and research, and we realized we’ve been coming across a slew of articles and research already out »

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No Beard, No King!

AMSTERDAM — There’s a new king in town in nearly a century. Queen Beatrix, who took the throne for 33 years, has formally abdicated. She is now a 75-year-old princess, and Willem-Alexander, her son, is the new King. Argentina-born wife Maxima will be the new Queen. “Now that my oldest »