American Masters, The Darkening Day, United States History, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 26, 2021


PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, full, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including Maya Angelou, Patti Smith, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Audra McDonald, Lee Grant, Patricia Bosworth, Sidney Lumet, William Buckley and many others. Just a fraction of the interviews filmed for American Masters appear in the final films; approximately 96% of the footage never gets released. Now, the American Masters digital archive makes this rich catalog of interviews available to the public.” 500 videos were released today; 500 more will be released “over the coming weeks.”

National Library of Medicine: NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day . “The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day, a new online exhibition recognizing the 50th anniversary of The Darkening Day, an NLM exhibition on the health aspects of environmental pollution, which opened at the library in 1970 and was subsequently reviewed in the September 29, 1970, issue of the NIH Record, page 11. Featuring selected works from the NLM collection, Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day highlights examples of research, programs and policies, public messaging, and action taken by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and federal scientists from the Public Health Service (PHS), as awareness of pollution’s detrimental impacts on health grew in the years preceding 1970.”

Florida Atlantic University: FAU Libraries Debuts Spirit Of America Digital Collection. “The team created a digital collection of Weiner pamphlets. There are currently 585 pamphlets with more being added every day. This new endeavor greatly expands access and awareness of the Weiner Collection’s research materials.” Here’s a description from the collection page: “Originally inspired to emulate the personal libraries of men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, Marvin Weiner spent a lifetime collecting the books and pamphlets that a colonial gentleman would have owned. Taking great care to purchase the same editions that were available in 18th century America, Mr. Weiner eventually amassed a collection of more than 13,000 books, pamphlets, government publications, newspapers and serials, including rare works from as early as the 16th century.”


Neowin: Instagram combines business tools for creators and brands in a single hub. “Instagram announced today the launch of a new feature designed to help brands and creators grow their business and monitor how the’re faring on the platform. The new professional dashboard displays all these resources in a single place. The dashboard lets users keep track of their performance through insights and trends. Shop owners, for example, can see how their ads are performing.”

Ars Technica: Chrome and Edge want to help with that password problem of yours. “If you’re like a lot of people, someone has probably nagged you to use a password manager and you still haven’t heeded the advice. Now, Chrome and Edge are coming to the rescue with beefed-up password management built directly into the browsers.”

Reuters: Google stops donations to U.S. Congress members who voted against election results. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it will not make contributions from its political action committee this election cycle to any Congress member who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election. Earlier this month, following the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol, the tech giant had paused all political contributions to reassess its policies toward political contribution.”


Hongkiat: 10 Best Free Mind Mapping Tools. “Here is a list of some of the best mind mapping apps for individual or collaborating brainstorming. Most of these tools are available cross platform and offer different features and functionalities.”


The Herald: Robert Burns fans crash the Scottish Poetry Library website. “The website of the Scottish Poetry Library is struggling to stay online – because of the number of people accesing its archive of Rabbie Burns’ poems. The site has been experiencing high volumes of traffic throughout the day of Burns Night and has suffered frequent outages.”

Mashable: Bet on 2024 candidates now by buying shares to campaign urls. “Inauguration is over and done with and the 2020 election is finally behind us. You know what that means: Time to think about 2024! MSCHF, the group behind offbeat projects like Walt’s Kitchen and ‘killing brands’ on TikTok, had this forethought when they created In The Year 2024. They bought plenty of potential candidate domain names — such as (for Kanye West) and (pretty obvious) — and are now ‘holding them for ransom.'”

NiemanLab: Tiny News Collective aims to launch 500 new local news organizations in three years. “Starting a local news organization from scratch is difficult, confusing, and expensive. Reaching sustainability? Even harder. Enter The Tiny News Collective, a new venture from News Catalyst and LION [Local Independent Online News] Publishers. The project will offer entrepreneurial journalists a tech stack, business training, legal assistance, and back-office services like payroll for around $100 a month.”


TechCrunch: Debunk, don’t ‘prebunk,’ and other psychology lessons for social media moderation. “If social networks and other platforms are to get a handle on disinformation, it’s not enough to know what it is — you have to know how people react to it. Researchers at MIT and Cornell have some surprising but subtle findings that may affect how Twitter and Facebook should go about treating this problematic content. MIT’s contribution is a counterintuitive one. When someone encounters a misleading headline in their timeline, the logical thing to do would be to put a warning before it so that the reader knows it’s disputed from the start. Turns out that’s not quite the case.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google is acting the bully in fight over new media code. “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has rightly said that Google did itself a disservice by its threat. Big Tech, for all its wealth, depends on the support of its tens of millions of users. If Google were to leave Australia, it could find Australians happily migrate their online searches to rivals such as Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. As their power and influence has grown, Google and Facebook find themselves being asked to act with greater care and responsibility towards the democracies that have allowed them to flourish. They should not place themselves above elected governments.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. This is a really chunky RB issue — I mean, a really rich one, stuffed full of great information (especially for a reader with a pogo-stick mind). You continually amaze me. Specifically, heading off at least to check out the American Masters interviews, the Chrome/Edge password management features (for certain obstinate family members), and MIT’s debunk/prebunk research. Thanks!

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