Yiddish Pulp Fiction, Historical NASCAR Races, Oregon Campaign Finance, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 18, 2023


The Forward: Thousands of Yiddish pulp fiction stories finally seeing the light of day. “Beginning in the 1890s, newspapers, including the Forverts, tried to appeal to a broader audience by publishing popular fiction derisively called ‘shund’ or ‘trash.’ Yiddish authors like Sholem Aleichem and Y.L. Peretz strove to create a national literature. Shund stories, on the other hand, were written to make a profit, veering into the sensational and melodramatic — tales of romance, adventure, anything that would sell.”

Road & Track: NASCAR Just Released Over 1000 Archived Race Broadcasts At Once. “For the past two decades, anyone wanting to watch a historic NASCAR race was best off looking for a video of a VHS tape of a decades-old broadcast uploaded directly to YouTube. That changed this week, with NASCAR uploading a massive archive of over 1000 official broadcasts and condensed races to a new NASCAR classics website. The archive starts with the 1951 race at Daytona Beach and continues all the way through to last month’s Cup Series race at Richmond.” Access is free as far as I can tell.

The Oregonian: Oregon secretary of state to publish database of campaign finance violations . “Oregon’s new secretary of state plans to publish a database with information about campaign finance scofflaws. Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade said Monday the new database and other website updates are part of the office’s initiative Clear, which is not an acronym.”


CBS Detroit: Ford releases images, brochures for over 300 past concept cars. “The Ford Heritage Vault was launched in June of last year, giving car fans a place to see thousands of photos from the company’s past. The recent addition includes over 1,600 images and brochures for over 300 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury concept cars.”

Search Engine Land: The new Bing has failed to take any market share from Google after six months. “When the new Bing launched, it felt like the dawn of an exciting new era in search. Microsoft seemed to have a legitimate chance to erode some of Google’s dominance and become a truly worthy competitor to Google, thanks to its new conversational and generative AI take on search. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.”


CNN: Two brands suspend advertising on X after their ads appeared next to pro-Nazi content. “At least two brands have said they will suspend advertising on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, after their ads and those of other companies were run on an account promoting fascism. The issue came less than a week after X CEO Linda Yaccarino publicly affirmed the company’s commitment to brand safety for advertisers.”

The Register: Tinker Tailor Soldier Pi? Asus’s ‘NUC-sized’ SBC aims to out-Pi the Raspberry. ” Asus has released a new addition to its Tinker Board line of Arm-based single-board computer (SBC) systems, giving hobbyists and embedded developers another design option with a plethora of ports.”


Stockholm Center for Freedom: 13 OnlyFans content creators detained after tossing dollar bills around central İstanbul. “Turkish police have detained 13 content creators from the OnlyFans internet subscription service after public outrage over their tossing dollar bills around central Taksim Square in İstanbul earlier this week, Turkish Minute reported, citing the Serbestiyet news website.”

Teen Vogue: Illinois Just Passed the Country’s First Law Protecting Children of Influencers. “The bill was passed through the Illinois Senate unanimously in March and was signed into law On August 11. The Illinois law will ‘entitle influencers under the age of 16 to a percentage of earnings based on how often they appear on video blogs or online content,’ AP reports. The money must be held in a trust which the child can access when they turn 18. Currently, there are no laws that protect child influencers, or children whose parents post them online for monetary gain.”

Associated Press: Russia fines Google $32,000 for videos about the conflict in Ukraine. “A Russian court on Thursday imposed a 3-million-ruble ($32,000) fine on Google for failing to delete allegedly false information about the conflict in Ukraine. The move by a magistrate’s court follows similar actions in early August against Apple and the Wikimedia Foundation that hosts Wikipedia.”


PsyPost: Low self-esteem and high FOMO are psychological mechanisms that play an important role in trolling, study suggests. “New psychology research sheds light on why people engage in online trolling behavior, which involves purposely causing conflict and stress on the internet. The findings, published in Psychological Reports, provide evidence that trolling behavior is more common among those with low self-esteem and a high fear of missing out (FOMO).”

CNBC: Google A.I. researcher says he left to build a startup after encountering ‘big company-itis’. “Llion Jones had a big role at Google, where he worked for almost 12 years. He was one of eight authors of the pivotal Transformers research paper, which is central to the latest in generative artificial intelligence. However, like all of his co-authors, Jones has now left Google.” Good morning, Internet…

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