Chicago Literary Archive, Japan Noise Pollution, Virtual Art Book Fair, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2021


Spotted via a paywalled Chicago Tribune article: Chicago Literary Archive. “The Chicago Literary Archive is an independent, open-source research guide to Chicago’s literary, printing, and publishing history from 1837 to today. Founded by Adam Morgan in 2021, the CLA is viewable and editable by anyone interested in Chicago literature. To add your own research, all you need is a WordPress account and an invitation.”

New York Times: Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That. “The website, DQN Today, describes itself as a crowdsourced guide to help house hunters avoid neighborhoods inhabited by ‘stupid parents who let their children play on roads and parking lots.’ It is populated by maps visualizing the dorozoku, or ‘road tribe,’ a term that applies to people who block the way or wreak havoc in public.”


Runs through this weekend and I heartily wish I had seen this article before. Hyperallergic: Art Books for Days: What Not to Miss at Printed Matter’s 2021 Virtual Art Book Fair. “Artists’ books, hand-stitched zines, irresistible prints in painfully limited editions — oh, my! Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair is one of the most anticipated affairs in the New York City, and more recently, Los Angeles art worlds. Like most awesome and typically densely-populated things, this year’s edition will be held entirely online due to the pandemic.”


AP: EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?. “Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns. It said it will also block advertising from military-linked businesses. The decision follows a Feb. 1 coup in which the military removed elected leaders from power and jailed others.”


BBC: Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads. “Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. Some of the plots listed via Facebook’s classified ads service are as large as 1,000 football pitches.”

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Ad Campaign Promotes Personalized Advertising. “Facebook Inc. will promote the value of targeted ads to businesses and consumers in a new ad campaign in digital media, radio and TV programming including National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball games and Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.”

SupChina: How China’s livestream industry is revolutionizing ecommerce. “As office workers are going home, that’s when Cherie, who just turned 30 last year, begins her day. At 7:30 p.m. sharp, she greets her audience in her livestream room on Alibaba’s retail marketplace Taobao. In a plain white shirt and slim blue jeans, she prepares some mix-and-match games. She puts on a beige handmade wool coat, the first product she is selling tonight, and poses for the camera.”


Military .com: VA Is Asking DOJ for Help Getting Back After Losing Domain Rights. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking the Department of Justice to step in after it lost control of the domain ‘,’ a site that has previously been used by scammers.”

Route Fifty: ‘A Virtual Scarlet Letter’: State Bill Would Restrict Release of Mugshots. “Mugshots would not become public in Utah unless the person in them is convicted of a crime, under a bill advancing through the state legislature.”

Washington Post: ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have tapped a private database containing hundreds of millions of phone, water, electricity and other utility records while pursuing immigration violations, according to public documents uncovered by Georgetown Law researchers and shared with The Washington Post.”


eLearning Inside: Education Publishers Need To Re-evaluate BIPOC Representation In Their Catalogs. “Traditionally, a lot of that is covered throughout Black History Month has centered on the Civil Rights Movement, and for good reason. However, I think we as education publishers need to branch out from that to explore Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) representation in general. This needs to continue beyond the month of February. Of course it’s incredibly important to teach the heroes of the movement and recognize its tremendous influence in changing the direction of the country, but it’s also time to use that foundation to explore Black Americans’ impact on American history and culture in other ways, especially those figures who are underrepresented in the history books.”

EurekAlert: Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food. “In 2020, more than four billion people spent several hours per day, on average, on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other more specialized forums. This widespread social media engagement has been likened by many to an addiction, in which people are driven to pursue positive online social feedback, such as ‘likes,’ over direct social interaction and even basic needs like eating and drinking. While social media usage has been studied extensively, what actually drives people to engage, sometimes obsessively, with others on social media is less clear.” Good morning, Internet…

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