The Civic Beat Sundae: Oct 5 Edition

Ahhh… fall is in the air. And so is autumn love, and pastas falling in love online. We recently wrote about the #BoycottBarilla/#BoicottBarilla meme that blew up on Twitter and Facebook in response to homophobic remarks from the chairman of the  Barilla pasta group. Mr. Barilla in turn issued a »

New Articles and Talks from The Civic Beat Team

Our core team at The Civic Beat have been busy with public outreach these past few weeks!  Here are a few updates: Ben Valentine moderated a panel on art hacking for #ArtsTechSF at Hub Berkeley, with local artists Kat Parkin and Danielle Siembieda, and The Civic Beat’s An Xiao Mina. The »

When Pastas Fall In Love… and #BoycottBarilla

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Barilla Group pasta empire, is apologizing for his remarks last week about gay families. Last Thursday, The Independent reported that Barilla expressed his views on La Zanzara, an Italian radio show: “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like »

The Civic Beat Sundae: Sept 29 Edition

In this week’s edition of The Civic Beat Sundae, Ben Valentine looked at memes around #TransferDeadlineDay, the highly anticipated football/soccer event that seems to get the whole world paying attention.  And our correspondent from Uganda, Daniel Mwesigwa, teamed up with An Xiao to look at the creative imagery Kenyans posted online »

#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 »

#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 »

The Civic Beat Sundae: Sept 22 Edition

Ready for your weekly scoop of internet culture writing? This week, we published a look at #Tokyo2020 memes from Japan and the West (a topic we’re still exploring – reach out if you have any experience!) and we followed up on #AskAMemeMaker Day with Laura Isaac and Phil Good, who »

#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. »

#AskAMemeMaker – What did we learn?

A few months ago, as part of our efforts to build a community around The Civic Beat and meme-making, we launched #AskAMemeMaker Day, in the same vein as #AskACurator.  Hyperallergic, one of our spiritual blog forebears, was kind enough to write a short piece about it, and we were pleased »

The Civic Beat Sundae: September 15 Edition

Introducing… The Civic Beat Sundae: Your weekly scoop of internet culture writing from ’round the web.  The Civic Beat team has been tinkering a lot in the background as we prepare our public-facing site and research, and we realized we’ve been coming across a slew of articles and research already out »