North Carolina Newspapers, Tampa Bay Photography, Instagram, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 24, 2021


DigitalNC: Issues of The Charlotte News, 1888-1922, Added to DigitalNC. “We’ve added a whopping 10,000+ issues of The Charlotte News to DigitalNC. The paper was published daily, and these issues date from 1888-1922 (minus 1911, which has been on our website since 2012).”

WTSP: Tampa Bay history preserved through local brothers’ camera lens. “Hillsborough County was founded in 1834. Tampa became a city 53 years later. From cigars to trains to citrus, the area saw rapid growth over the years. The Burgert Brothers were there for much of it with their cameras at the ready. ‘There are gems everywhere in here,’ said Jennifer Grubb, a librarian at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa. Grubb oversees the collection of Burgert Brothers photos. The library owns rights to about 20,000 photographs of the 80,000-piece collection. They are on display on the library’s fourth floor and online.”


Shape: Here’s the Deal with Instagram’s New Sensitive Content Filter — and How to Change It. “Instagram has always had rules around nudity, for example, weeding out some images of female breasts unless they’re under certain circumstances, such as breastfeeding pics or mastectomy scars. But some eagle-eyed users recently noticed that the social media giant is automatically censoring out more content than you may want. This week, Instagram released a Sensitive Content Control option that enables users to decide the content that appears in their Explore feed.”

The Verge: Facebook brings cloud gaming to Apple devices with a web app. “Starting Friday, Facebook is bringing its nascent cloud gaming service to iPhones and iPads through a web app people will be able to add to their homescreens like a native app. The site will let you play simple web games like Solitaire and match-threes and stream more graphically intensive titles like racing games.”


CoinTelegraph: South China Morning Post to tokenize 118-year-old archive with NFTs. “In its ARTIFACT Litepaper, SCMP presents an overview of the project, which is a standardized metadata structure that can be used to ensure that key moments from SCMP’s 118-year-old archive of media assets can be preserved through distributed ownership and circulation.”

BBC: Face palm: When the emoji you want doesn’t exist. “Do you have a favourite emoji? Maybe it’s the wink or the face rolling around with tears of laughter. Perhaps if you’re feeling slightly more sardonic, it’s the smiling face with jazz hands. With more than 3,000 to choose from, there are plenty of options. But what happens when the one emoji you want isn’t there?”

American Alliance of Museums: Twenty-seven organizations have gained accolades in the 22nd annual Media & Technology MUSE Awards. “MUSE awards recognize outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) media. The Media & Technology Professional Network’s annual awards are presented to institutions that enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences with useful and innovative digital programs and services. The MUSE awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education, accessibility, and inclusiveness.”


Local 10: Officials: Hacker stole identities of multiple victims killed in Surfside condo collapse. “Disturbing reports are emerging of a hacker taking advantage of those who were killed in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside. Officials said the criminal is seeing the victims’ names in the news and then stealing their identities.”

Rebuild Local News: Rebuild Local News coalition backs Senate bill to preserve community journalism. “The bill — jointly introduced by the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Ron. Wyden (D-OR), the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) — seeks to provide a pathway to financial viability for local news in newspapers, in digital only publications, and on television and radio stations through a series of tax credits. The legislation mirrors a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), which has strong bipartisan support.”


EurekAlert: Disagreement may be a way to make online content spread faster, further. “Disagreement seems to spread online posts faster and further than agreement, according to a new study from the University of Central Florida. The finding comes from an examination of posts labeled controversial on social news aggregation site Reddit. To perform the study, the researchers analyzed more than 47,000 posts about cybersecurity in a Reddit dataset that was collected by the Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior (SocialSim) program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.”

New York Times: Why People Are So Awful Online. “Increasingly, I’ve felt that online engagement is fueled by the hopelessness many people feel when we consider the state of the world and the challenges we deal with in our day-to-day lives. Online spaces offer the hopeful fiction of a tangible cause and effect — an injustice answered by an immediate consequence. On Twitter, we can wield a small measure of power, avenge wrongs, punish villains, exalt the pure of heart. In our quest for this simulacrum of justice, however, we have lost all sense of proportion and scale.”


Cowichan Valley Citizen: Art and the watershed: Learning about what’s here and how to preserve it. “Soon after the pandemic upended daily lives for many people last year, Genevieve Singleton started posting a message on Facebook every day. Not the usual family updates or look-at-what-I-ate-for-dinner photos you might expect see on social media. Instead, she uses her page to draw attention to the natural world in the Cowichan Valley.” Good morning, Internet…

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