The Verge: People want more than just a photo op at Instagram museums. “What makes you post a photo to Instagram? What space is truly worthy of a post? Are we willing to destroy nature for a good pic? This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I discuss the characteristics that create an Instagram-worthy place. We talk about the old underground restaurants in New York City that have been co-opted by influencers, and we talk about those Instagram playgrounds where adults can take photos of themselves in colorful ball pits. I also spend about 10 minutes talking about my love for pierogi. It comes full circle!” A podcast about an hour long with a transcript.
Intelligencer: ‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’. “Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called ‘The Internet Apologizes.’ We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. This interview features Dan McComas, the former senior vice-president for product of Reddit and the founder and CEO of Imzy, a community-focused platform.”
News-Press: Relive old Florida through FGCU’s oral histories digital collection. “Oral histories have long been a trove of fascinating information for historians and researchers, but accessing those histories can be difficult. Many oral narratives are collected by small local museums or community organizations, and they’re often recorded on cassette tapes. This means the oral narratives are only available to those who are willing to make the trek to listen in person. But [Florida Gulf Coast University] has been collecting these histories and digitizing them, turning the oral narratives into online files that are accessible to the public.”
WBAL: Something new to binge-watch: TV’s rich history of itself. “Diahann Carroll recalls a date with Marlon Brando that yielded a slap and career advice. Robert Adler tells how he co-invented the TV remote control. Walter Cronkite shares his dismay over learning that White House pressure trimmed a CBS report on Watergate. Their accounts are part of an extraordinary collection of 4,000-plus hours of video Q&As recorded over more than two decades by the Television Academy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, organizer of the prime-time Emmy Awards. On Wednesday, a new website will make some 800 interviews — and more to come — available free to all comers…”
ABC News: Archive of Studs Terkel radio shows to be released to public. “More than 5,600 of Studs Terkel’s radio interview programs on the Chicago station WFMT will be released to the public. The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will launch May 16, the 106th birthday of the late author, activist and oral historian. Terkel died in 2008 at age 96.”
Mashable: Otter app transcribes conversations like it’s no big deal. “Anyone who’s ever transcribed an audio interview into text knows what a painfully slow process that is. But with the new Otter app, created by a company called AI Sense, this could become a thing of the past, even when transcribing a complex conversation with several people speaking. The app, which I tried out at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is simple to use: Start it up, and it’ll start turning the conversation around it into text. After a quick setup process, it knows when you are speaking, and it can distinguish between different voices in the conversation.”
Oxford Mail: Oxford Brookes archive open to the public highlights science luminaries. “A DIGITAL archive featuring interviews with leading figures in the medical and clinical science world – including Nobel Prize winners – has been launched in Oxford. Oxford Brookes University has opened its newly digitised Medical Sciences Video Archives, its collection of over 130 interviews recorded between 1985 and 2002.”