Thursday News: More on Harper Lee, computer traces book plots, malicious online advertisements, and representing diversity
Author, journalist and Booker prize judge Erica Wagner told Today fans needed to be ready to see “a much more raw text” as the book was unedited – pointing out how “important the editing was in the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird”. –BBC News
There are sort of two ways of looking at what “plot” is, according to the work of the Russian structuralist Vladamir Propp. There’s the way the events unfold in the world of the story, and the way the author reveals events to the reader.
Jockers is focusing on the latter. He’s made a model that algorithmically abstracts the structure of plot by looking at how the sentiment changes in a story, resulting in a sort of plot graph. He hasn’t yet revealed what those plots are (Man versus Dataset?) but he has released the means for you to try the model yourself. This week, Jockers released the tools via the website GitHub, so you can map plots at home. –Motherboard/Vice
For those just tuning in, malvertising is a term used to describe adverts which, when you click on them redirect you to a site which either tries to hack your computer tries to infect it with a virus.
In this case, victims were redirected through several domains before being dumped on a page hosting an exploit kit, an automated tool that scans for weaknesses in your computer security which hackers can exploit. This campaign uses the Sweet Orange exploit kit, Cyphort said,and if a vulverability was found then the Kovter Trojan executable was installed to take advantage. –The Digital Reader
The concerns steaming from both sides of the TV portrayal debate are understandable and valid. With the media’s power to project racial stereotypes and influence the mindset of people across the world, TV is definitely a tool that can enable oppression. Black portrayals that are less than positive can further our hardship by creating an image of black culture that adheres to the negative preconceived notions that non-blacks already have.
In short, one bad TV depiction can stereotype the entire black community.
But there’s a downside to the black community’s collective action against TV images; the individual gets disregarded. If we fight to only allow certain images on TV, we’re eliminating the vast black experiences that exist outside the unrealistically perfect depictions. Olivia Pope’s flawed love life, though not reflective of all black women’s’ experiences, can be credited as a possibility for someone in the black community. Some black women may find the drama of Sorority Sisters or Love and Hip Hop relatable to their own life situations. –For Harriet