Anne of Green Gables Manuscript, Seto Graves in Russia, Mapping Dark Tourism, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 20, 2023


Confederation Centre of the Arts: New digital exhibition explores Anne of Green Gables manuscript. “The Anne of Green Gables Manuscript: L.M. Montgomery and the Creation of Anne officially launched online today. The digital exhibition will allow people to explore Montgomery’s original text, see what was written on the back of pages, and find out how famous moments were developed or revised. The interactive website includes never-before-seen material, such as Montgomery’s publishing contract for the novel.”

ERR (Estonia): New database helps Setos find graves of relatives on Russian side of border. “Taking care of relatives’ graves is an extremely important part of Seto culture. However, in recent years, many Setos living in Estonia have been unable to get to their ancestors’ burial sites on the Russian side of the border to ensure their upkeep. Now, a new database has been established to help keep track of the Seto and Estonian graves in neighboring Petserimaa.”

University of Rochester: The ethics of dark tourism. “[Julia Granato] offers a history of the collection and treatment of human remains in the West, and a discussion of the recent phenomenon of ‘dark tourism’—the visiting of sites that commemorate or offer reminders of tragedy or death…As part of her research, Granato has created a virtual component—an interactive map of dark tourism sites in the western world.”

KPTV: New dashboard allows Portlanders to see city’s response to reported homeless camps. “City of Portland’s Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program has launched a new website that will allow Portlanders to see how crews are responding to reported homeless campsites. The dashboard launched on Wednesday and gives the public the ability to see in detail how reports are being handled.”


WordPress: Say Hello to the New Jetpack Mobile App. “We know inspiration doesn’t wait for you to be sitting at your desk. It can strike anywhere. With the new Jetpack mobile app, you have the freedom to snap a photo to post while out on a walk, begin drafting your Bloganuary entry on your morning commute, or make tweaks to your content while on your lunch break. Inspiration, we’re ready for you!”

Engadget: Twitter’s new developer terms ban third-party clients. “In case there was any doubt about Twitter’s intentions in cutting off the developers of third-party apps, the company has quietly updated its developer agreement to make clear that app makers are no longer permitted to create their own clients.”


PressGazette: Why Tiktok is one of the ‘main priorities’ at BBC News for 2023. “In January 2022, two BBC News social and digital bosses told Press Gazette the broadcaster had stayed off Tiktok because they did not have the resources to create bespoke content properly – and it would not be true to the BBC brand to do ‘light news’. However, by March after Russia invaded Ukraine, the broadcaster realised there was an opportunity to combat disinformation about the war.”


The Conversation: How British theatre censorship laws have inadvertently created a rich archive of Black history. “Between 1737 and 1968 British theatre censorship laws required theatre managers to submit new plays intended for the professional stage to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for examination and licensing…. In essence, this meant that the government collected, monitored and frequently censored new dramas. In this way, the licensing of plays has inadvertently produced an extensive historical archive of surveillance and censorship. This includes records of early Black theatre-making, at a time when the British state did not routinely collect and preserve the work of Black playwrights.”

BuzzFeed News: Thousands Of Fake Twitter Accounts Were Made To Support Andrew Tate. “Escaping content featuring misogynist influencer Andrew Tate can be hard on social media — and according to new research, that’s because thousands of accounts posting favorable content about him are actually bots. The Center for Countering Digital Hate announced on Wednesday that it had found 4,621 fake Twitter accounts created to promote Tate. The bot accounts tweeted 15,202 times in support of the former kickboxer, who is in pretrial detention in Romania.”

Stanford University: What DALL-E Reveals About Human Creativity. “To explore just how creative these models really are and what they can teach us about the nature of our own innovative propensities, we asked four authorities on artificial intelligence, the brain, and creativity (and we also asked GPT-3, a language-generating model that’s a close cousin to DALL-E) to explain what they think of DALL-E’s capabilities and artistic potential.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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