Cute Cats and the Arab Spring

I really love cute animal videos. Pugs, sloths, lemurs, and my personal favourite, the capybara…

That is a mother and baby capybara. They are 100 lbs rodents, and I found someone who is selling them in New Westminster for $1000. Now that I’ve got your attention…

Ethan Zuckerman is giving a talk at Chan Centre on Sunday, November 20th from 7-9 pm entitled “Cute Cats and the Arab Spring.” He’ll be discussing using social media as a tool for spreading cuteness – like capybara videos – and perhaps more importantly, as a tool for promoting activism. He will look at the “cute cat theory” of internet activism in the context of recent social issues, such as the Arab Spring protests. Ethan works at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he focusses on issues like the gaps in mainstream media, internet regulation and censorship, and how we can use the internet to it’s fullest potential. Check out his TED talk here.  Ethan is also the new director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, the co-founder of Global Voices, as well as a co-founder of Geekcorps. *Terry is very pleased to announce that Gordon Katic will be interviewing Ethan this weekend for the Terry Project Podcast. Anyone who knows Gordon knows that he is a social media fiend, and this is going to be a very engaging conversation.

Check out the capybaras. Don’t buy them from sketchy suppliers in New Westminster. And sign up to attend Ethan’s free talk here.

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