African-American Preachers, Wales Broadcasting, MailChimp, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 16, 2019


Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University is preserving more than just gospel music. In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.”

BBC: Wales’ national broadcast archive gets £4.7m grant. “A £9m project to create a national broadcast archive is set to go ahead after securing a £4.7m lottery grant. The National Heritage Lottery money follows an initial £160,000 grant awarded last year to develop the scheme.”

NBC News: Digital marketer Mailchimp bans anti-vaccination content. “Digital marketer Mailchimp has removed several anti-vaccination activists from its platform and will no longer provide services to newsletters that push anti-vaccination content.”


New Indian Express: 100-year-old books at Chennai’s Presidency College to get new lease of life. “Century-old rare books lying in the library of Geology department of Presidency College will get a new lease of life soon. The college authority has decided to digitise the rare volume of books to enhance its lifespan. The college has received a funding of around Rs 9.49 lakh from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), which will be used in the digitisation project.”

Portugal Resident: Algarve to have digital newspaper archive completed before 2020. “A digital archive of newspapers published in the Algarve between 1808 and 1970 is expected to be completed by the end of the year, the project’s coordinator has told Lusa news agency.” If you want to lower your blood pressure, take a few minutes and visit Lonely Planet’s page for the Algarve area in Portugal. Beautiful.

Ars Technica: Researchers discover “Fishwrap” influence campaign recycling old terror news. “Researchers at Recorded Future have uncovered what appears to be a new, growing social media-based influence operation involving more than 215 social media accounts. While relatively small in comparison to influence and disinformation operations run by the Russia-affiliated Internet Research Agency (IRA), the campaign is notable because of its systematic method of recycling images and reports from past terrorist attacks and other events and presenting them as breaking news—an approach that prompted researchers to call the campaign ‘Fishwrap.'”


CNET: Facebook’s banned research app collected data on almost 200K users. “It looks like we now know the number of users affected by a banned Facebook market research app, which paid users up to $20 a month to give the social media site access to how they used their phones. The app, which gained attention earlier this year after Apple blocked Facebook from offering to iPhone users, collected sensitive device data on about 187,000 users, the social network told lawmakers.”


Artnet News: This Newly Discovered Radio Clip May Be the Only Known Recording of Frida Kahlo’s Voice. Listen to It Here. “Everyone knows the face of Frida Kahlo. Now, we may finally know what she sounded like, following the discovery of what could be the only known recording of the great Mexican artist’s voice. The recording discovered in Mexico’s national sound library, the Fonoteca National, could be the only known record of Kahlo speaking.”

Cornell University: Research examines intent behind Facebook posts. “Why do we share posts on Facebook? Are we seeking factual information, like the name of the plant taking over the front yard? Are we expressing frustration while seeking sympathy? Is it pure narcissism or narcissism by proxy, via our children? Is it bragging, or bragging’s sneaky cousin, humblebragging? Or is it something worse?”

Search Engine Land: Is voice over-hyped? A new survey suggests lower adoption than previously thought. “A popular Bill Gates quotation reads, ‘Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.’ That’s often invoked to suggest new technologies don’t change things as quickly as expected but will have a longer-term impact. Such is the case with voice and virtual assistants.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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