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 »

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 »