Slave Narratives, Mixed-Race Ireland, Internet Archive, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 22, 2020


Barry & District News: Unique piece of Wales’ Black history goes online. “An extremely rare piece of Wales’ Black history has been published online for the first time. Published on the city’s Bute Street in 1862, William Hall’s ‘Personal Narrative’ is a shocking and graphic account of his birth into slavery in Tennessee, and his arduous journey to Cardiff. Hall describes being sold to various plantation owners, detailing multiple attempts to escape his captors, as well as his encounters with other escaped slaves.”

Irish Central: Online museum documents struggles of mixed-race Irish in Britain. “The Mixed Museum recently launched the ‘Mixed Race Irish Families in Britain, 1700-2000′ exhibition which explores the social reactions to mixed-race Irish families in Britain over the course of three centuries. The online exhibition was curated by the Mixed Museum in conjunction with the Association of Mixed Race Irish and draws on materials from both organizations’ collections in addition to new and fascinating research.”


Data Horde: Search for Sound: A New Feature on Internet Archive. “If you’ve been browsing the Internet Archive recently, you might have noticed a new search option called ‘Search radio transcripts’. You can now search through radio broadcasts as if looking up something in a book, it’s pretty neat!”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4566116 patch for Windows 10 to fix unlock bugs, system crashes and more. “Microsoft has pushed out a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 (builds 18362.1049 and 18363.1049). KB4566116 is also the update that sees the company backporting WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to these versions of Windows. But for many people it is the bug fixes that the update brings that are of more interest — and this update addresses a large number of problems with Windows 10.”

TNW: How to use Twitter’s new tool to limit replies to your tweets. “The platform’s been testing this option for a few months. The intention behind it is to allow users to control their own conversations — and to ensure one doesn’t have to deal with the unfettered opinions of the entirety of Twitter. If you don’t fall into the group capable of replying, than the reply button on the tweet will be greyed out and unuseable.”


Washington Post: Facebook’s decision to shut down militia pages prompts backlash among some targets. “Matt Marshall is a school board member in a small town in Washington state. He recently lost an election for the state legislature and has turned his attention to campaigning for the Republican candidate for governor. All of that political activity was disrupted, he said, on Wednesday morning when Facebook shut down several of his pages, including one he used for Eatonville school board business. That is because Marshall is also the founder and former leader of the Washington Three Percenters, a militia-style organization.”


Jewish Telegraphic Agency: New Instagram account shares anonymous stories of anti-Semitism on college campuses. “A graduate student’s Jewish facial features mocked. A classmate saying Jews play the ‘minority card’ to get into college. Swastikas drawn on the doors of Jewish students’ dorm rooms. These are some of the stories shared on a new Instagram account, Jewish on Campus, which collects the anonymous anecdotes of Jewish students across the country who have experienced anti-Semitism in college.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps error sees Toowoomba Showground listed on a road that doesn’t actually exist. “Google has taken a photo of the front entry of the Toowoomba showgrounds, and captured a sign inside the gates with the name Frank Thomas Avenue. The problem is that road does not actually exist — it is instead a driveway sign that recognises the contribution of a past volunteer when he planted trees on the site.”

ELLE: 7 Black Contemporary Artists To Follow On Instagram. “There are over 671 million posts on Instagram that are hashtagged #art. But how many of those posts come from Black artists? In response to the death of George Floyd, many Black artists have emerged to the forefront with powerful work. One of Beyoncé’s favorite artist’s, Hank Willis Thomas, responded with a powerful image of hands of every shade lifted into the air. But Thomas is just one of many Black contemporary artists using Instagram to share their work. Below, a list of seven of our favorites.”


CNET: Trump issues new order to force TikTok sale: What you need to know. “President Donald Trump issued a new executive order regarding TikTok that extends the time its parent company has to sell the US operations of the popular short-video app, after a government panel recommended the action. Issued late on Aug. 14, the new order gives ByteDance, the Chinese parent, 90 days to conclude a deal to divest the US arm. It also orders ByteDance to delete any data obtained from US TikTok users.”


Consumer Reports: On Social Media, Only Some Lies Are Against the Rules. “…Consumer Reports analyzed misinformation policies from the country’s biggest social media platforms. (We also considered public statements by executives.) We focused on the most dangerous types of falsehoods, including misinformation on the coronavirus and on how to vote. Our findings are summarized here.”

Mountain Journal: How Social Media And Bad Behavior Are Leaving Wild Places Trashed. “In this region we call Greater Yellowstone, we are blessed with an uncommon treasure, vast tracts of untrammeled wild country of the sort most people only read about in history books. Here we can climb a ridge and behold horizons filled with great wide spaces, a wind that seems powered by the divine, and mountains, uncivilized and unspoiled. No wonder those from elsewhere want to come here. There will continue to be more residents and visitors, Covid and other disasters notwithstanding. Instead of Instagramming secret places out of existence, what if we used our phone to snap photos of piles of trash, before and after we spent a little time to clean up?”

Rutgers University: When Under Stress, University Students Post More Private Information to Facebook. “The more stress college students experience, the more likely they are to share private, intimate details about their lives on Facebook despite privacy concerns, which may result in unintended consequences.” Good morning, Internet…

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