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The Life of a Hashtag Meme: #BringBackOurGirls

The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag meme is everywhere – as I’m writing this article, there are over three million tweets and over 377,000 Instagram photos tagged with it (not including whatever’s happening on Facebook, Tumblr, etc.). As such, #BringBackOurGirls makes for a great case study of a great, global, political hashtag meme. »

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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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#WeAreOne: Creative Images for Peace and Unity After the Westgate Mall Attacks

A version of this article originally appeared in Tech Post Uganda. It has received a few addenda tailored for The Civic Beat’s Reader audience. What happened in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall didn’t just stay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube but rather left scars deeply ingrained in hearts the world over. What started »

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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 »

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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 »