As discussed previously, on Fridays, I present my weekly social media roundups. Note that toots of articles generally include header images from the articles, which I don’t include here unless their creators happen to have released them for use under a free license, and I notice. Most have not, or I don’t notice. But I now add my commentary here, where I don’t feel restricted by message length.

diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week

Also, I don’t generally attach pictures to posts with quotations.

9:02 – Mon 06 November 2023

Content Warning: Discussion of lynchings

Image Not Shown: A rope noose hangs against a black background

This course uses big data to examine how American newspapers covered lynchings from The Conversation

Students’ preliminary research is exploring why some Southern newspapers would cover lynching outside the state but not in their own backyards. Students are wondering if this was a form of erasure of local history.

Hashtags: #Lynching #Journalism

I feel like I’ve seen prior work in this area, but people digitize so much media every year, that you can always find something new.

12:01 – Mon 06 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art-culture, and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.

Edmonia Lewis

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:05 – Tue 07 November 2023

Content Warning: US Politics, Sexism

Image Not Shown: Mike Johnson and an assortment of white folks

Anti-abortion, homophobic extremist Johnson wants to force women to stay in bad marriages from Daily Kos

One of those, his push to end no-fault divorce, is enjoying a resurgence as a goal of the far right in its efforts to impose their misogynist agenda on the rest of the country.

Hashtags: #GOP #Divorce #Misogyny

Now that they openly advocate for domestic abuse, can we please stop treating them like a political party?

12:04 – Tue 07 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

At night when the streets of your cities and villages are silent, and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land. The white man will never be alone.

Chief Seattle

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:07 – Wed 08 November 2023

person holding iPhone
person holding iPhone
Image credit: by Marjan Grabowski, made available under the terms of the Unsplash License

There’s room for improvement in 988 suicide lifeline awareness from Futurity

Posts were the most prevalent in California (132.7 per 10,000 posts) and least prevalent in West Virginia (1.4 per 10,000 posts). Democratic legislators were 31% more likely to post about 988 than were Republican legislators.

Hashtags: #SuicidePrevention #Awareness

Honestly, I had completely forgotten about the Lifeline. Granted, I’ve never needed it, but it still mortifies me to have overlooked something so small that could literally save lives.

12:05 – Wed 08 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.

Will Rogers

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:04 – Thu 09 November 2023

A blue t2 logo with an arrow pointing to a blue Pebble logo, with its own arrow pointing to the blue Mastodon logo, on a field of stars
A blue t2 logo with an arrow pointing to a blue Pebble logo, with its own arrow pointing to the blue Mastodon logo, on a field of stars
Image credit: CC-BY-SA 4.0 International (presumably Fair Use for the logos)

Pebble Shuts Down…But Starts a Mastodon Instance? from We Distribute

Gabor has stated, for the time being, that this new Mastodon instance is “just an experiment”, but he appears hopeful that former Pebble community members will sign up there.

Hashtags: #Pebble #Mastodon #SocialMedia

I feel like the T2/Pebble team could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by starting with Mastodon or some other Fediverse server. But they also all came up in a world built around exploiting users and exterminating the competition, not joining an unstructured movement.

12:07 – Thu 09 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

It was supposed that lost spirits were roving about everywhere in the invisible air, waiting for children to find them if they searched long and patiently enough.

Mourning Dove

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:03 – Fri 10 November 2023

a black square button with a white x on it
a black square button with a white x on it
Image credit: by Alexander Shatov, made available under the terms of the Unsplash License

At a crucial time for global crises, X dilutes its violent speech policy from Global Voices

The change from “zero tolerance” to “we may remove or reduce the visibility” is illustrated further on in the renewed Community Guidelines.

Hashtags: #Twitter #HateSpeech

What X lacks in integrity, it makes up for in consistency, I guess.

12:03 – Fri 10 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

I have seen that in any great undertaking, it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.

Isna-la-wica

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

Bonus

Because it accidentally became a tradition early on in the life of the blog, I drop any additional articles that didn’t fit into the one-article-per-day week, but too weird or important to not mention, here.

The cover of the Thirteenth Annual Announcement of the New England Female Medical College in 1880, set against a photograph of women (mostly of dark skin) in a medical classroom
The cover of the Thirteenth Annual Announcement of the New England Female Medical College in 1880, set against a photograph of women (mostly of dark skin) in a medical classroom
Image credit: public domain presumed

As more women study medicine, look to where it all started from the Bureau of Global Public Affairs

In 1864, the first Black female physician, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, graduated from [Boston Female Medical College] and began to practice in Boston, focusing on African-American communities that had been overlooked by the medical establishment. And in the 1870s, the merged schools admitted one of the first Native American medical students in the country, Ohiyesa, from the Santee Dakota tribe.

I stand impressed…except for the fact that we shouldn’t have firsts like that, since we should never have barred classes of people from working in various fields.

Image Not Shown: A version of the YouTube pop-up explaining that ad blockers violate the site's terms of service

YouTube’s ‘War’ on Ad-Blockers Shows How Google Controls the Internet from 404 Media

This, as app developer Zhenyi Tan wrote in an excellent blog this week, has had the effect of confusing people, who have flooded Reddit, social media, and ad block review sites with differing information, because certain versions of certain ad blockers continue to work for some people, but not others.

First English pony inoculated for diphtheria antitoxin, 1894
First English pony inoculated for diphtheria antitoxin, 1894
Image credit: CC-BY 4.0 International (where not in the public domain)

Jim, the horse of death from the Wellcome Collection

The symptoms the Baker children had exhibited before death, though, were not those of diphtheria: the tight, stiff muscles of the face were characteristic of tetanus. All of the dead children had received antitoxins from a retired ambulance horse called Jim and, one month earlier, Jim had been diagnosed with tetanus.

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Credits: Header image is Circular diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week from a manuscript drafted during the Carolingian Dynasty.