Civic Engagement Through Play: An Interview With Vietmeme (Part 1 of 3)

A new publication we’ve been reading, Vietmeme, focuses on civic life in Vietnam as seen through and influenced by the web. After interviewing Anh-Minh Do from the Tech in Asia about the Vietnamese internet, I found that Vietmeme founder Patrick Sharbaugh’s work, expertise, and unique position of having a deep »

The Honeymoon’s Over: Reflecting on Internet Utopianism and the Arts

A couple weeks ago, Ben Valentine and I had a chance to speak at the Yerba Buena Center’s Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival alongside arts/tech writer and researcher Dorothy Santos.  Our topic was, simply, “The Honeymoon’s Over—Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power”, a look at utopian »

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 »

Humor and Visibility: A Chat With the Person Behind #BisexualFacts

I’m really proud of #bisexualfacts today. Good day for laughing instead of being angry. — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 Point of clarification: #bisexualfacts the HT itself was not my invention, it got used a couple years back — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 but I »

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 »

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 »

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 »

A Survey of the Protest Selfie

The Protest Selfie is one of the most common means of identifying with a movement today. The Protest Selfie is the easiest coupling of text or image with one individual; this is how we tell our network, “This is me, and I am for this.” While a selfie is usually »

Deep Storytelling Platforms: What’s Working So Far

Here at The Civic Beat, we’re deeply passionate about new platforms for storytelling enabled by technology. As journalism and reportage enter the digital age, we believe that more has to be done than simply transferring print practices to the online world. And while we explore new stories from the web, »

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 »