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Hearing Voices, Small Town Photojournalism, Cemetery Records, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Hearing the Voice: Celebrating the launch of Understanding Voices. “Our website covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from what it is like to hear voices and what’s happening in the brain, through to the pros and cons of medication, cognitive behavioural therapy and peer support. It also explores practical techniques for managing distressing voices, information for families and friends, and sheds light on the links between voice-hearing and inner speech, trauma, creativity and spiritual or religious experience.”

University of Tennessee Knoxville: New Website Catalogs 26 Years of Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project. “Each spring, professor Rob Heller from UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information takes his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the Campbell County community of 7,000, about 45 miles north of Knoxville…. A new website chronicles the history of the project and the amazing body of work it’s yielded over the years.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tennessee State Library and Archives Blog: Searching Mount Olivet Cemetery Records on TeVA. “The Mount Olivet Cemetery Records Digital Collection is now live on the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). This collection contains records related to Mount Olivet Cemetery, a 206-acre cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Neowin: Microsoft releases required security updates for all versions of Windows 10. “Unlike most non-Patch Tuesday updates, these are actually mandatory. That means that your PC will install it automatically at some point. The updates are billed as security updates, fixing an issue where print jobs might fail.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: A merger of chumbox-mongers might leave publishers a little bit poorer (and their websites a little less revolting). “Chumboxes have been the target of Internet derision as long as they’ve been around — because they put unwanted viscera in front of our eyeballs, because they often play on the worst human biases, and because they, maddeningly, have long found a home on some of the most esteemed and prestigious news sites in the world.”

USEFUL STUFF

Motherboard: Create Self-Destructing Websites With This Simple Tool. “Feeling frustrated with the privacy trade-offs that accompany modern internet use, web developer ‘Yahoo 99 (Eric)’ built a tool that allows users to instantly create websites in a manner that challenges the traditional idea of what a website is.”

Online Journalism Blog: Can long-form journalism bring readers back by learning from the literary essay? (Here are 17 concepts it can use). “Long-form journalism enjoyed a resurgence when editors tried to retain readers in the early 2000s — but the rise of mobile-first publishing has presented a challenge. In a special guest post for OJB, Michael Bugeja outlines how it can draw on narrative techniques from literary essays to keep readers reading — and coming back for more.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Rockbridge Report: US House panel taps defunct startup for Facebook files. “The request by the House Judiciary Committee comes amid a flurry of new antitrust investigations of technology giants, including ones by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. At issue here is a cache of internal Facebook documents unearthed in a case brought by Six4Three, a defunct startup whose founders have waged a bitter four-year legal battle with the social network.”

Fast Company: Cheap smartphones have a disturbing secret. “Seventeen dollars for a smartphone sounds like a great deal, especially for people living in poverty who can barely afford rent. But there’s a problem: low-cost smartphones are privacy nightmares.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Here’s How to Type Faster on Your Phone. “For many of us, our approach to typing on a smartphone is something we stumble upon. Unlike composing words on a typewriter or computer keyboard, there is no widely taught, proper way.”

Poynter: Falsehoods outperform facts in Brazilian WhatsApp groups, study shows. “Up to four of every 10 viral messages shared in WhatsApp groups throughout last year’s presidential elections in Brazil contained information found to be false by fact-checkers, a study I conducted at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, has found.”

The GlobePost: Diverse World, One Internet: How to Regulate Online Extremist Content?. “The fact that no single state or region can effectively regulate the entire internet is both comforting and distressing. It is comforting because there are many states I would not like to see in control over what content is accessible. And it is distressing because it means that fighting clearly undesirable content becomes very difficult due to lacking international coordination, and limited international consensus.” Good morning, Internet…

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