Ben Valentine will be representing The Civic Beat at SXSW!

The Civic Beat Goes to SXSW

I am so pleased to announce that I will be speaking on a panel at SXSW Interactive this coming March on a subject perfect for The Civic Beat: The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes. Tackling this exciting and fun topic with me will be panel organizer, Andres Monroy-Hernandez of »

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#TransferDeadlineDay: The World Awaits Football Results

Football, or soccer as it’s known in North America, is the most popular sport in the world. Hundreds of thousands get up early, stay up late, or skip work to watch important games, not to mention the world cup. However, the action starts well before the season, a time that »

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#Tokyo2020: Let the Memes Begin

「これが新型iPadです」 pic.twitter.com/aiMvG5wHo8 — 片岡K (@kataoka_k) September 7, 2013 Despite almost missing the opportunity due to health concerns about Fukushima, Japan has been chosen to be the host of the 2020 Olympic games. Like any important globally relevant event, memes were a popular way to react and respond to the event. »

The hut I stayed in during my two week homestay near Lake Natron.

Debating the Dead Cow: Seeing Tanzanians Through Facebook

As a teenage boy from the Midwestern United States, I decided to do a semester abroad in Tanzania because I was looking for an adventure. After spending some time there, I found that the story that had been constructed for me was overly simplified – Tanzania was not Africa; it »