Bolivar Art Gallery, Lamm Heritage Archive, Internet Archive, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2020


University of Kentucky: Bolivar Art Gallery Presents New Online Exhibits Exploring Concepts of Home, Truth. “The University of Kentucky Bolivar Art Gallery is currently presenting two online exhibitions of creative minds from across the nation. ‘Home As Situation’ features the work of over 40 artists examining the concept of home — a place many of us are spending even more time in during a global pandemic. ‘PROTAGONY: $100 for Truth’ is a mulitmedia project organized by Esther Neff exploring the concept of truth through the lens of 12 artists. Both shows are free to the public on the Bolivar Art Gallery website now through Dec. 4.”

JewishPress .com: Yeshiva University Launches Updated Version Of The Lamm Heritage Archive. “The Lamm Heritage Archives, an online library recently created by then Dean of Libraries Pearl Berger, contains over 800 sermons by Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, who served as president of YU from 1976 to 2003 and then as chancellor for another 10 years. These sermons date back all the way from 1951 and continue until 1976 according to Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky, director of the archives. This time, organized by subject and date, the records can be accessed with ease.”


Internet Archive: Fact Checks and Context for Wayback Machine Pages. “Fact checking organizations and origin websites sometimes have information about pages archived in the Wayback Machine. The Internet Archive has started to surface some of these annotations for Wayback Machine users. We are attempting to preserve our digital history but recognize the issues around providing access to false and misleading information coming from different sources. By providing convenient links to contextual information we hope that our patrons will better understand what they are reading in the Wayback Machine.”


Gizmodo: Finally, You Can Get Your Old Google Icons Back. “…you can officially get your old Google icons back. This nifty Chrome extension, developed by product designer Claudio Postinghel, was built to revert the Google’s icons back to their older designs—and honestly, thank god for that.”


Reuters: K-pop’s social media power spurs Thailand’s youth protests. “From raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Thai protesters to inspiring the youths who join demonstrations through dances and social media, K-pop fans have emerged as a potent political force in Thailand’s anti-government movement.”

Royal Academy of Engineering: Jonnie’s blade inspires next generation of engineers . “Plans to create a new virtual museum have been announced today by the Royal Academy of Engineering in an effort to address narrow perceptions of engineering that are contributing to a skills and diversity shortfall in the profession in the UK. Research from 2018 estimated that only 12%1 of the engineering workforce are female and just 9% are from BAME backgrounds.”


The Conversation: Social media could help Lagos police officers fight crime: why it’s not happening . “The use of social media in global crime-fighting is extensive. Common uses include the identification of criminals, evidence sources and submission of distress reports. Police departments around the world are still exploring expansive uses of social media to support crime investigation and prevention. Despite its obvious advantages, social media involvement in combating crime also poses pitfalls. Law enforcement officers might inadvertently disclose personal information, sensitive operational materials and policing tactics. Also, information released by the police through social media can be misinterpreted by the public.”

Carnegie Mellon University: New Tool Simplifies Data Sharing, Preserves Privacy. “Meet Company X. Company X makes a popular product that lots of people – millions, in fact – use on a daily basis. One day, Company X decides it would like to improve some of the hardware in its product, which is manufactured by Vendor Y. To make these improvements, the company would need to share data with Vendor Y about how its customers use the product. Unfortunately, that data may contain personal information about Company X’s customers, so sharing it would be an invasion of their privacy. Company X doesn’t want to do that, so they abandon the improvement opportunity.”


Wired: The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media. “When Instagram users do make their depression publicly visible via hashtags, they code their posts in a way that might seem to counteract a broader potential to make conversations about mental health more visible online. There are lots of potential reasons for this, including an awareness that Instagram moderates content and enduring stigma around depression. In a sense this is a cat-and-mouse game with platform content controls, and it’s an example of the kind of coded practices that help people connect with others online through affinity and relatability. Whatever the specific reasons, our findings force us to rethink how we recognize healthy or productive conversations about mental health.”

University of British Columbia: UBCO study says it’s not if, but how people use social media that impacts their well-being. “New research from UBC Okanagan indicates what’s most important for overall happiness is how a person uses social media. Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of teaching in psychology at the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, took a close look at how people use three major social platforms—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and how that use can impact a person’s overall well-being.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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