Document Journal: Ekene Ijeoma reveals the revolutionary potential of data-based art

Document Journal: Ekene Ijeoma reveals the revolutionary potential of data-based art. “Ijeoma’s past projects are united by a commitment to social justice, as well as a heavy reliance on data and qualitative research. For instance, Wage Islands is an interactive sculptural series which submerges a topographic map of New York City in a pool of black water—the map’s elevations are determined by the median monthly housing costs of any given location. Viewers are invited to select an hourly wage, and the water drains or rises, providing a black-and-white representation of the stark economic disparities among the city’s various neighborhoods.”

NBC News: Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook

NBC News: Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook. “[Gustavo] Banda’s alarm about human smugglers promoting their services on social media is echoed by the Tech Transparency Project, a research group within the nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability…. This week, the group published a report, previewed exclusively by NBC News, highlighting the extent to which Facebook and WhatsApp are used to organize human smuggling across the southern border.”

Tell The World: Hanan Toukan And Adila Laïdi-hanieh On The Palestinian Museum (Artforum)

Artforum: Tell The World: Hanan Toukan And Adila Laïdi-hanieh On The Palestinian Museum. “The Palestinian Museum sits nestled among the fertile hills of the West Bank in the university town of Birzeit, several miles north of Ramallah…. To further explore the role museums can play in reclaiming narratives of dispossession, Artforum invited scholar Hanan Toukan and the museum’s director, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, to talk about building an institution under colonialism. The conversation took place in May amid Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.”

The Conversation: Kapow! Zap! Splat! How comics make sound on the page

The Conversation: Kapow! Zap! Splat! How comics make sound on the page. “From Wolverine’s SNIKT! when unsheathing his claws, to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in The Death of Stalin (later made into a film) the use of ‘textual audio’ invites comics readers to hear with their eyes. Fundamental elements such as symbols, font styles and onomatopoeia (where words imitate sounds) mean reading comics is a cross-sensory experience. New and old examples show the endless potential of the artform.”

PetaPixel: ‘Anti-Social’ Photo App Challenges What Social Media Should Be

PetaPixel: ‘Anti-Social’ Photo App Challenges What Social Media Should Be. “The randomized alarm is sent to every user at the same time (regardless of time zone), meaning most of the photos on the app are captured around the world at that same moment. Once the participants have taken their photos, they are then allotted just sixty seconds to browse their own chronological timeline or that of a random stranger they have been matched with. Once the minute is up, the app shuts down and users have to wait until the next random alarm to be able to use the app again.”

Hyperallergic: Where Do Paintings Go After Their Owners Abandon Them?

Hyperallergic: Where Do Paintings Go After Their Owners Abandon Them?. “When I stumbled upon artist Jason Osborne’s Instagram account Abandoned Paintings, which has been archiving images of discarded paintings for the last decade, I immediately became a fan. Updated daily with submissions from around the world, it pays a final tribute to these disowned artworks before they fade into the trash heap of history.”

Social Shopping: What Is It and How Is It Changing Social Media? (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: Social Shopping: What Is It and How Is It Changing Social Media?. “Social shopping has become part of a number of the major social media apps, where users can make purchases on these networks without having to visit a website. While the premise for these changes is based on convenience, it changes the social media experience. Here’s a look at the social shopping trend and how it is changing the social networking apps we use…”

CNN: Newsmax portrays Facebook as an enemy of conservatives. Behind the scenes, it’s spending millions on Facebook ads

CNN: Newsmax portrays Facebook as an enemy of conservatives. Behind the scenes, it’s spending millions on Facebook ads. “In the last 90 days, Newsmax has purchased approximately $1.5 million in ads from Facebook, according to records available publicly on the social media company’s website. And since 2018, the right-wing network has spent a total of $3.7 million with Facebook. The staggering amount in advertising spent over the last 90 days has gone toward more than 2,300 Facebook advertisements — many of which promote the very hosts who describe the platform in diabolical terms.”

CNET: How Gen Z harnessed the internet and destroyed the generation wars

CNET: How Gen Z harnessed the internet and destroyed the generation wars. “For most millennials, depending on their age, the social media they had access to during their younger years was MySpace or Facebook in its early days. Profile pages could be public, but those networks felt designed to address friends and family, said Paul Booth, a professor of media at DePaul University in Chicago. No one was finding viral success on MySpace for a hot take on a social issue — or for a biting rebuttal to someone who wrote about terrible teens. But many members of Gen Z have grown up in a time when defining yourself online as part of a group is part of the norm. They’ve witnessed online culture wars, and those I spoke with were aware that millennials have taken a beating in the past.”

Lad Bible: ‘Heist’ Caught On Google Maps Turns Out To Be Pranksters Holding A Glue Gun

Lad Bible: ‘Heist’ Caught On Google Maps Turns Out To Be Pranksters Holding A Glue Gun. “Darren Honeyman and his colleague of 15 years Dave Hutchinson were at work in Darlington, County Durham, earlier this year when they saw the the Google van coming. So, not wanting to miss the opportunity of a lifetime, the pair decided to create a scene especially for the camera. And they didn’t disappoint.”

VentureBeat: USC and Stanford launch Starling Lab to protect human rights with decentralization

VentureBeat: USC and Stanford launch Starling Lab to protect human rights with decentralization. “The University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation and Stanford University have partnered on The Starling Lab, which will be dedicated to using decentralized tools based on cryptography and blockchain to advance the cause of human rights.”

Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats. “In an apparent attempt to split the Democratic vote in a number of close races, the ads purported to come from an organization called America Progress Now (APN) and used socialist memes and rhetoric to urge leftwing voters to support Green party candidates. Facebook was aware of the true identity of the advertiser – the conservative marketing firm Rally Forge – and the deceptive nature of the ads, documents seen by the Guardian show, but the company determined that they did not violate its policies.”

Daily Advertiser: National Park Service project documents existing sharecropper, slave dwellings in the South

Daily Advertiser: National Park Service project documents existing sharecropper, slave dwellings in the South. “There is a growing movement led by historical preservationists to preserve sharecropper and slave cabins in order to present a fuller narrative of the families who lived in those dwellings and to discuss the enduring legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow-era in modern-day America.”