Slovak Songs, Meredith Marionette Touring Company, Poland Architecture, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 21, 2020


Slovak Spectator: Tantsuj tantsuj vikruːtsaj. Online library will teach you how to sing Slovak songs . “Feedback from new singers was very positive. The fund for art support announced a grant call focused on projects that will help art to live during the pandemic and the creation of an online education library was one of many supported activities. Today, eight Slovak songs are accessible. The singers also created a new version of a Slovak folk song where they wish the coronavirus to be taken to hell. It came into being in the homes of various singers.” Sounds good to me.

MLive: Preserving a legacy: Saline puppeteer’s work lives on through digital archive. “For a half century, Meredith Bixby and the Meredith Marionette Touring Company entertained school-aged kids with puppet shows throughout southeast Michigan and across the eastern United States….Nearly 250,000 people attended Bixby’s shows annually during his career from the 1930s to ’80s, with Meredith’s Marionettes performing more than 20,000 times during his career, making Bixby one of the most well known marionettists in the U.S. Now, a new interactive digital archive created by the Saline Arts and Culture Committee aims to bring Bixby’s legacy to life in a brand new way.”

The First News (Poland): Delightful ‘little corset’ tiles showcase rescued fragments of Warsaw architecture. “An Archive of Warsaw Detail has been launched to showcase rescued fragments of the Polish capital’s architecture. The online museum brings together architectural bits and pieces collected during renovation works – both inside buildings and on their façades.”


9to5Mac: Twitter officially relaunching verification program in January, here are the details. “In November, Twitter officially confirmed it would be bringing back its account verification process in early 2021 and shared a policy draft. Now the company has shared all of the fine details on how the relaunched system will work along with how user feedback shaped the new Twitter verification program that’s arriving in January 2021.”


Mashable: These apps showed me that looking at my own photos is the best social media. “Influencers, advertisers, friends of friends of friends. Social media is a great way to get mundane updates about people you don’t know very well. Unfortunately, in 2020, it was one of the only ways to see into the lives of other human beings, so we scrolled and scrolled. Amid this uninspiring landscape, one of the most entertaining and meaningful forms of ‘social’ media has been hiding in your own smartphone all along: your camera roll. You just need the right tools.


TechRadar: Social media is embracing audio more than ever – but deaf users are being left behind. “… in the fast-paced corporate world of social media, deaf and hard of hearing users are still seeing accessibility forgotten about when features are developed or reviewed. Even when a decision is considered to negatively impact them, advocates feel their views aren’t being listened to.”

NBC News: Racism is rampant on Omegle. Teens are working to hold racist trolls accountable.. “Earlier this month, Hidaya Saban and Alees Elshiek opened the video chat website Omegle for what they described as a social experiment. Omegle, which has been around for approximately a decade, allows users to be paired with strangers in a video chat at random — although Saban, 19, and Elshiek, 18, said they entered the college student section of the site where they were able to pick certain topic tags in order to be paired with those who have similar interests.”

AP: Cooper Hewitt acquires two emoji that symbolize inclusion. “The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has acquired two emoji that have helped broaden diversity for users of the tiny pictures, becoming the third museum to add emoji to their digital collections.”


Reuters: Google trial judge suggests potential trial date, and it’s in 2023. “The judge hearing the Justice Department’s antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google suggested a trial date of Sept. 12, 2023, on Friday.”

New Zealand Herald: Google says Australian law on paying for news is unworkable . “Google Australia and New Zealand managing director Mel Silva made her first public comments on the details of the proposed legislation since it was introduced to Parliament last week. The so-called News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code would force Google and Facebook to compensate Australian news media for the journalism that they link to.”

Columbia University: How Will the Facebook Antitrust Suit Impact Free Speech?. “Katy Glenn Bass from Columbia’s Knight First Amendment Institute discusses the Facebook antitrust case, its impact on freedom of speech, and what questions are still unanswered.”


US News & World Report: Report: Social Media Manipulation Affects Even US Senators. “The conversation taking place on the verified social media accounts of two U.S. senators remained vulnerable to manipulation, even amid heightened scrutiny in the run up to the U.S. presidential election, an investigation by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence found. Researchers from the center, a NATO-accredited research group based in Riga, Latvia, paid three Russian companies 300 euros ($368) to buy 337,768 fake likes, views and shares of posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok, including content from verified accounts of Sens. Chuck Grassley and Chris Murphy.” The Senators consented to participating in the research. Good morning, Internet…

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