Smithsonian Magazine: Help Transcribe Field Notes Penned by S. Ann Dunham, a Pioneering Anthropologist and Barack Obama’s Mother

Smithsonian Magazine: Help Transcribe Field Notes Penned by S. Ann Dunham, a Pioneering Anthropologist and Barack Obama’s Mother. “The S. Ann Dunham papers, 1965-2013, were donated to the NAA in 2013 by Dunham’s daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng. The donation included field notebooks, correspondence, reports, research proposals, case studies, surveys, lectures, photographs, research files and floppy disks document of Dunham’s dissertation research on blacksmithing, and her professional work as a consultant for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Bank Raykat Indonesia (BRI). Beginning today, the public can contribute to the NAA’s effort to transcribe Dunham’s field notes.”

CNN: Obama criticizes leadership on coronavirus response, gives three pieces of advice in virtual commencement addresses

CNN: Obama criticizes leadership on coronavirus response, gives three pieces of advice in virtual commencement addresses. “Former President Barack Obama told college graduates that the ‘folks in charge’ don’t always know what they’re doing in rare public criticism of the Trump administration on Saturday. Obama criticized the handling of the coronavirus pandemic without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, just a week after privately critiquing the administration’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.”

CNET: YouTube’s virtual graduation will include Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga

CNET: YouTube’s virtual graduation will include Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga. “Not to be outdone by John Krasinski’s star-studded virtual graduation, YouTube is holding one of its own on June 6, for people whose celebrations have been stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Dear Class of 2020’ plans to feature Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS and Lady Gaga, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and activist Malala Yousafzai.”

Political Activism and Social Media: Friends or Foes? (McGill International Review)

McGill International Review: Political Activism and Social Media: Friends or Foes?. “Political awareness and political activism must go beyond the realm of social media. Although holding judgmental views about politicians with controversial beliefs bodes well for ensuring the legitimacy of political awareness in contemporary American politics, censuring these politicians solely through the use of social media may have undesirable effects. In light of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Obama unsurprisingly fears that the Democrats will ‘have such a small party and will not be able to win’ if assessments of candidates are based on such purity tests.” This article does a great job of laying out all the problems with and arguments for social media activism and its accompanying mechanisms like cancel culture. But it doesn’t come to concrete conclusions, and who can blame it? Informative but unavoidably frustrating.

Brookings: With Obama’s official papers living online, what might be lost?

Brookings: With Obama’s official papers living online, what might be lost?. “The announcement that President Barack Obama’s official papers will be digitized is a break from tradition. It is clearly a nod to contemporary life, and some might view it as a welcome change from driving for miles to sift through paper documents in presidential libraries. But the decision to go digital rather than place the paper records in a research library has created a stir in the community of people who make a living doing research in presidential libraries. With presidential libraries already facing challenges, a transition to online-only resources could come at the cost of one of their greatest assets: the knowledge and commitment of the archivists, whose expertise in both the presidency and the organization of the collection is an immense resource for researchers.”

UVA Today: Miller Center Announces Barack Obama Oral History Project

UVA Today: Miller Center Announces Barack Obama Oral History Project. “The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, home to the nation’s longest-running nonpartisan presidential oral history program, announced today that it has begun work on its next major project: a comprehensive oral history of the Barack Obama administration.”

The Atlantic: Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Digital

The Atlantic: Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Digital. “The debate about the Obama library exhibits a fundamental confusion. Given its origins and composition, the Obama library is already largely digital. The vast majority of the record his presidency left behind consists not of evocative handwritten notes, printed cable transmissions, and black-and-white photographs, but email, Word documents, and JPEGs. The question now is how to leverage its digital nature to make it maximally useful and used.”

New York Times: The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t

New York Times: The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t. “In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records. Instead, the Obama Foundation will pay to digitize the roughly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records from the administration so they can be made available online.”

Washington Post: Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Washington Post: Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook. “Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as ‘crazy’ the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.”

Los Angeles Times: Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It’s now the most ‘liked’ in Twitter history

Los Angeles Times: Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It’s now the most ‘liked’ in Twitter history. “The former president tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville. He included a photo taken of him in 2011 on a visit to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Md. With more than 2.8 million likes already, it’s the most ‘liked’ tweet in Twitter history.”

Web Site for Barack Obama Library Launched

That was quick: the Barack Obama Library Web site has already launched. “The Barack Obama Presidential Library is the fourteenth library to become part of the Presidential Libraries system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Library will be built in Chicago’s Jackson Park and is expected to open to the public in 2021. But you don’t have to wait until 2021 to access content related to the Obama administration.”

Two New Articles at ResearchBuzz

I had two small 15 minute blocks yesterday and I used them to write:

15 Minutes: Why Is ResearchBuzz Getting So International? – https://researchbuzz.me/2016/12/14/15-minutes-why-is-researchbuzz-getting-so-international/

and

Why You Will Never Convince Me That Facebook Gives a Damn About Fake Ads and Fake News – https://researchbuzz.me/2016/12/14/why-you-will-never-convince-me-that-facebook-gives-a-damn-about-fake-ads-and-fake-news/