Reverend France Davis, People’s Graphic Design Archive, Netflix in New Mexico, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 1, 2022


University of Utah: Celebrating the launch of the France Davis Utah Black Archive. “This man marched at Selma. He served as Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for 45 years. He witnessed crosses being burned on the lawn of his church. He survived a life-changing, devastating burn on 30 percent of his body. And for decades he taught at the University of Utah, the institution that donned him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1993. So it is only fitting that the J. Willard Marriott Library create a digital archive in the name of Reverend France Davis, retired pastor, father, husband, community leader, civil rights leader, educator.”

Creative Boom: The People’s Graphic Design Archive: Documenting materials that would otherwise disappear. “It was in 2014 that designer Louise Sandhaus began an ambitious project to create a crowd-sourced virtual archive of graphic design history. This month, eight years later, she launched The People’s Graphic Design Archive (PGDA). We chat with Louise and her co-directors to discover more.”

KRQE: Netflix launches site showcasing New Mexico film locations. “Netflix is launching a new website here in New Mexico to help you find where scenes of popular shows and movies were filmed. It’s called ‘Netflix in your neighborhood.'”


Tubefilter: TikTok just upped its video descriptions to 2,200 characters. Here’s why.. “The character limit will allow videomakers to include much, much longer descriptions—and therefore potentially many, many more SEO terms. Adding more characters means creators can go from saying they went to a cool bakery in San Francisco to specifically naming the bakery, dishes they had, and maybe even telling a little story about their experiences.”


CBS News: Candidates recognize the power of TikTok, “for better or worse”. “Wade Herring didn’t know the teenage voter who approached him at a restaurant over the weekend. But she knew Herring, a Democrat running for Congress in Georgia, from his campaign videos on TikTok. To Herring, a 63-year-old Savannah attorney, it was proof of TikTok’s precision-guided ability to reach young voters — the very reason why he and candidates from both parties have eagerly embraced the platform ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.”

BBC: Cardiff: Reggae veteran hopes to create digital library. “Veterans of a once vibrant reggae scene in Cardiff have called for its revival following decades of decline. It comes as one historian has made it his mission to archive the history of sound system culture online. Sound systems – huge banks of speakers with MCs and rappers – led to the emergence of hip-hop in the UK. Reggae historian Ashish Joshi has travelled the UK collecting old tapes and videos to create a digital library to keep the culture alive.”


Ars Technica: YouTube age-restriction quagmire exposed by 78-minute Mega Man documentary. “A YouTube creator has gone on the offensive after facing an increasingly common problem on the platform: moderation and enforcement that leaves creators confused by the logic and short on their videos’ revenue potential.”


UC Davis: Most Twitter Users Don’t Follow Political Elites, Researchers Suggest. “While social media platforms are the primary source of political information for a growing number of people, a majority of Twitter users do not follow either members of Congress, their president or news media, a new study suggests. They are much more likely to follow Tom Hanks or Katie Perry than an elected official.”

London School of Economics and Political Science: JUST AI – Reshaping Data and AI Ethics. “JUST AI has created new mechanisms and practices for defining, understanding and collaborating on ethical questions in data and AI. Our focus has been transforming networking as a critical technology practice – for JUST AI, ‘network’ is both a noun and a verb. Our new website provides detailed documentation of the innovative methodology we have developed for networking and transforming data and AI ethics practice.”


News@Northeastern: Northeastern Professor Uncovers Oldest Japanese American Film. “For 108 years, ‘The Oath of the Sword,’ a 1914 silent film released by one of a handful of Japanese American film companies, has gone unseen by audiences. Tucked away in the archives of Rochester’s George Eastman Museum, the only remaining print of the film was collecting dust–until Denise Khor discovered it.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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