Purdue University: Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says

Purdue University: Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says. “Just one hour of videoconferencing or streaming, for example, emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide (a gallon of gasoline burned from a car emits about 8,887 grams), requires 2-12 liters of water and demands a land area adding up to about the size of an iPad Mini. But leaving your camera off during a web call can reduce these footprints by 96%. Streaming content in standard definition rather than in high definition while using apps such as Netflix or Hulu also could bring an 86% reduction, the researchers estimated.”

PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, full, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including Maya Angelou, Patti Smith, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Audra McDonald, Lee Grant, Patricia Bosworth, Sidney Lumet, William Buckley and many others. Just a fraction of the interviews filmed for American Masters appear in the final films; approximately 96% of the footage never gets released. Now, the American Masters digital archive makes this rich catalog of interviews available to the public.” 500 videos were released today; 500 more will be released “over the coming weeks.”

The Lure Of Luxury: Why Tiktokers Are Buying $20 Chanel Cotton Pads (CR Fashion Book)

CR Fashion Book: The Lure Of Luxury: Why Tiktokers Are Buying $20 Chanel Cotton Pads. “With TikTok’s popularity and the fact that it’s a video platform, it seems natural that the new unboxing trend would emerge there. So what exactly is this new trend? TikTok users have been going viral for unboxing the cheapest items from luxury brands like Chanel, Hermes, Dior, and more. The TikTok shopping hack went viral after several users started buying Chanel Le Coton, the $20 extra soft cotton from the brand.”

Mashable: This clever bot turns Reddit arguments into video game scenes

Mashable: This clever bot turns Reddit arguments into video game scenes. “On Sunday, 24-year-old software engineer Micah Price from Cape Town, South Africa, unveiled what can only be described as a niche-but-genius creation: a bot that takes everyday arguments on Reddit and has them play out in the style of scenes from Ace Attorney, Capcom’s animated courtroom-based video game series. The end result is a gloriously dramatic affair that shines a whole new spotlight on Reddit’s comment section.”

MIT Technology Review: The year deepfakes went mainstream

MIT Technology Review: The year deepfakes went mainstream. “The vast majority of them are still used for fake pornography. A female investigative journalist was severely harassed and temporarily silenced by such activity, and more recently, a female poet and novelist was frightened and shamed. There’s also the risk that political deepfakes will generate convincing fake news that could wreak havoc in unstable political environments. But as the algorithms for manipulating and synthesizing media have grown more powerful, they’ve also given rise to positive applications—as well as some that are humorous or mundane. Here is a roundup of some of our favorites in a rough chronological order, and why we think they’re a sign of what’s to come.”

Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal. “Parler’s failure to ‘effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others’ led Amazon to expel the site from its cloud-hosting servers. Some people managed to grab the material before Parler went down, and one of them shared a trove of videos with ProPublica. We culled the collection to some 500 videos uploaded to Parler by people in the vicinity of the White House and Capitol on Jan. 6, and sorted them by time and location, thus giving the public an immersive experience that would previously have been impossible to achieve without being there amid the clouds of tear gas and pepper spray and the crush of bodies pressing toward their goal.”

Motherboard: Developer Makes Interactive Map of Parler Videos From Capitol Hill Riots

Motherboard: Developer Makes Interactive Map of Parler Videos From Capitol Hill Riots. “A developer calling themselves Patr10tic has taken archived versions of videos uploaded by Parler users during the deadly Capitol Hill siege, geolocated them, reuploaded them, and placed them on an interactive map for anybody to watch. The beta project nicknamed ‘Y’all Qaeda’ is one of the first to present posts and videos from the archived Parler data that was saved by a hacker and a team of archivists. So far, most reporting and projects have relied on metadata alone.”

Vox: Is the country falling apart? Depends on where you get your news.

Vox: Is the country falling apart? Depends on where you get your news.. “Since the protests that arose in the wake of George Floyd’s death last summer, I have increasingly watched livestreams on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook to get a sense of how things feel on the ground. In particular, the Twitch channel Woke collects lots of different livestreams into a single feed, highlighting the audio from only one of them at a time (so as to avoid aural confusion) but letting viewers watch many different streams simultaneously, sometimes over a dozen at once. The feel of the channel is a little like the oft-depicted image of one person sitting in front of many televisions, all tuned to different things.”

MIT Technology Review: The scramble to archive Capitol insurrection footage before it disappears

MIT Technology Review: The scramble to archive Capitol insurrection footage before it disappears. “As a violent mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, halting the procedure in Congress to formally certify Joe Biden as president-elect, a Redditor with the username Adam Lynch began a thread on the subreddit r/DataHoarder—a forum dedicated to saving data that might be erased or deleted…. The thread included a link to upload files to Mega, a New Zealand–based cloud storage service. Within minutes, the thread was so inundated with Twitter links, Snapchat uploads, and other videos that Mega briefly shut the link down.”

Tubefilter: 2021 Predictions For YouTube, feat. D’Angelo Wallace, Rebecca Zamolo, And Hank Green

Tubefilter: 2021 Predictions For YouTube, feat. D’Angelo Wallace, Rebecca Zamolo, And Hank Green. “For our last 2020 episode of Creator News—Tubefilter’s investigative series exploring issues that impact the entire creator community—we talked to OG YouTuber and VidCon founder Hank Green (3.33 million subscribers), popular family creator and Game Master Network founder Rebecca Zamolo (10 million), and rising star commentator D’Angelo Wallace (1.82 million) about what they experienced this year, and what they expect to see from creators, viewers, and platforms in 2021.”

State of Texas: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Texas Film Round-Up Online Exhibit

State of Texas: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Texas Film Round-Up Online Exhibit. “The Texas Film Commission and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) today announced the launch of Wave to the Camera, the newest online exhibit from TAMI. Wave to the Camera features edited compilations of more than 100 home movies digitized via the Texas Film Round-Up, an award-winning program that discovers, preserves, and shares the stories of Texans by digitizing and providing access to their obsolete media. Wave to the Camera is TAMI’s first exhibit for Google Arts & Culture, an immersive educational platform, and can be accessed online.”

Digital Inspiration: YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics

Google Alerts does has a video option, but this might get more specific. Digital Inspiration: YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics. “The YouTube Email Alerts service is similar to Google Alerts but instead of scanning the whole worldwide web, it limits the searches to videos uploaded on the YouTube website. It then sends automatic email notifications when new videos are uploaded on YouTube around your topics of interest.”

CNN: Reddit is buying TikTok rival Dubsmash

CNN: Reddit is buying TikTok rival Dubsmash. “Message board juggernaut Reddit is accelerating its push into video, snapping up a sharing platform that is popular with young people and women. Reddit said in a statement on Sunday that it has acquired TikTok rival Dubsmash. It did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.”

CNN: Twitter is shutting down Periscope

CNN: Twitter is shutting down Periscope. “More than five years after being acquired by Twitter before it officially launched, Periscope is shutting down. ‘We have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021,’ the video live-streaming app announced in a blog post on Tuesday.”

The Verge: Facebook launches its Collab music app to the public

The Verge: Facebook launches its Collab music app to the public. “The app allows users to create short-form music videos by combining up to three independent videos. So, for example, three musicians could each play a different part of a song and combine them into one video. But each video that’s created is also posted to a public ‘Collab’ feed, where people can view and play along with it if they choose.”