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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. »

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#Standingman: The Meme for the Masses

Editor’s Note: This is a reblog of a post by tech writer David Banks at Cyborgology. It has been reprinted with their permission. It represents our ongoing coverage of the internet response to the protests in Turkey. For more on this topic, check out Arda İbikoğlu’s guest reblog on penguins and »

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Penguins and Chapulling: Disproportionate Humor in the Turkey Protests

Editor’s Note: This is a reblog of a blog post by the Istanbul-based researcher Arda İbikoğlu originally titled Protest Humor: “Let’s use disproportionate intelligence!” İbikoğlu was generous enough to offer his permission to reblog it here. Sparked initially by a small group of activists resisting the construction of barracks in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, »

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Red, Pink, and the Prop 8 Blues: the Overwhelming Online Support for Marriage Equality

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA– After years of struggle in the battle for marriage equality, LGBT activists and supporters are all dressed up for their big day. The wedding whites will have to wait (for now) but gay marriage supporters are wearing red—at least on their Facebook profiles—to show support for the »

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The (Un)Life of Pig: Shanghai River Filled with Pig Bodies

SHANGHAI– Thousands of pig carcasses, nearly 16,000 as of last count, have been found in Huangpu River, one of the many that supply Shanghai, the bustling, rising megacity and center of commerce for China. The body count, still rising, came from the upriver Jiaxing city, which supplies much of the »

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We Have a Potato: Francis I, the First South American Pope

VATICAN CITY– With the sudden departure of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy, the Catholic Church found itself without a leader.  Benedict was the first Pope to resign in six centuries, and he cited old age as the reason.  The Economist called it an “ecclesiastical earthquake“, while The Times cited the possibility that he resigned »

Photo by @AmStellaMwangi. English translation by Daniel Mwesigwa: “CNN waited(to report) for violence…they waited and waited(perhaps for forever)”

Kenyan Elections Get Rough… on Twitter

Editor’s Note: A portion of this article comes from Daniel Mwesigwa’s post with An Xiao over at TechPost Uganda. NAIROBI– Death. Destruction. Violence. Kenyans are rioting in the streets, looting shops, burning down buildings. Democracy is failing, and only the people are to blame. A man was seen with a machete and »

Different humorous chicken and goat memes found on the Ugandan web. Images compiled by Samuel Kamugisha.

The Chickens and Goats of Uganda’s Internet

Editor’s Note: This is a reblog of the Civic Beat co-founder An Xiao Mina’s post on Ethnography Matters. In my first week in Uganda, I was scheduled to give a lecture at a local university, discussing memes and civic life in China. I used a modified version of a talk I’d given »

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Locusts and Pandas and Bears… 哦麦 (o mai)!

 HONG KONG and SHENZHEN– Those of us following China have noticed the increasing tensions between Hong Kong and mainlanders.  More and more mainland women have been crossing the border into Hong Kong to have babies, where their children can expect to receive better healthcare and a coveted Hong Kong passport, »