Shut Down All the Things: Looking Back on Memes and the US Gov’t Shutdown

Like Roy from the IT Crowd, we’ve seen this script before. An intractable political dispute that is only resolved by a hard reboot to the political system. Whether it be the 1994 government shutdown, the economically costly 2011 dalliance with default, or the fiscal cliff, it seems that only through »

Light Saber Police Duels and Decree 72: An Interview with Tech in Asia’s Anh Minh Do

We at The Civic Beat want to elevate the work of important resources and netizens from all over the world. Tech in Asia is an important resource for anyone wanting to know about the burgeoning tech scene in Asia. Anh-Minh Do, an Editor for Tech in Asia, is definitely someone »

The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 10 Edition

Happy November! Today is 11/10, which which makes it feel like we’re counting backward to 2014.  Our co-founder, An Xiao, has just returned from a 10-day fellowship with the USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism program.   She tells us she’ll be writing more about it soon, which we’re looking »

The Civic Beat Sundae: Nov 3 Edition

Happy belated Halloween! Did any of you in NY see Jedward Snowden at HallowMEME? Or Asian Jon Snow? In other news, we unearthed a gem of a discussion on Tumblr about how Medusa (mythical Greek monster with snakes on hear head) is actually a victim of the gods; plus latining »

The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 27 Edition

Jason kicked off this week with his coverage of Instagram Selfies and Hong Kong’s Free TV Movement; we were as surprised as you that Instagram became the dominant forum of civic expression! The other big event happened Saturday, when thousands gathered in Washington DC to join the anti-NSA surveillance, #StopWatchingUs »

Instagram Selfies and Hong Kong’s Free TV Movement

Tens of thousands of protestors thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater transparency in its Executive Council. Protestors were reacting to the recent government refusal to grant a free-to-air TV license to HKTV, an eagerly-awaited newcomer in the industry. Not only did the government not »

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 »

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 »

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 »

But What About Second Breakfast? A Look at Sweden’s Fika Memes

The British drink tea, the French drink coffee, and the Spaniards eat merienda.  And the Swedes?  They have fika, an essential snack between meals. Remember that scene in Lord of the Rings when the hobbits ask about second breakfast? Think of fika as second breakfast, second lunch and third lunch all fit together in one »