Library Juice 3:9 - March 1, 2000


1. The Extremely Digestible Rain Barrel MagLog
2. 2000 Core Lists in Women's Studies
3. Benton Cyberpages: Alternative Media
5. Holland, Michigan votes against mandatory filtering
6. David Burt/Jamie McCarthie debate
7. Mark Rosenzweig and Karen Schneider on the Diallou verdict
8. Art links

Quote for the week:

"An old writer says that there are four sorts of readers:
Sponges, which attract all without distinguishing;
Howre-glasses, which receive and powre out as fast;
Bagges, which retain the degrees of the spices and let the wine escape; and
SIEVES, which retain the best only.
A man wastes a great many years before he reaches the "sieve" stage."

-- Sir William Osler (1849-1919) "Aphorisms"

Home page of the week: Jessica Donahoe


1. The Extremely Digestible Rain Barrel MagLog

Cute reviews of single issues of interesting magazines.  Like
a weblog but for magazines.  Thanks, Mita.


2. 2000 Core Lists in Women's Studies

One and all,

The 36 new and updated 2000 Core Lists in Women's Studies, a project of
the ALA/ACRL Women's Studies Section, are up and ready to be used.
The lists are located at:

New lists this year include Information Technology, Mexican Women,
Military, and Popular Culture.

Special thanks go to each of the women who contributed time and effort to
creating and/or updating the lists!

- --Megan Adams and Bernice Redfern, co-editors

3. Benton Cyberpages: Alternative Media

Benton Foundation page on Alternative media



Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 19:31:17 EST
From: Juris Dilevko <simile[at]>
----------------------------Original message----------------------------


SIMILE is a new refereed e-journal that will be published quarterly by the
University of Toronto Press starting in the winter of 2001, with issues
appearing at the beginning of February, May, August, and November. All
manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

SIMILE will focus on topics connected with media literacy instruction in
school, public, and academic libraries, as well as with the role that
teachers, librarians, and information professionals at all levels can play
in bringing about a better understanding of the social, cultural,
economic, and political forces that shape traditional and new media

Contributions are welcomed from throughout the world. Articles dealing
with media issues outside of North America are particularly encouraged.

In keeping with the cross-disciplinary nature of the subject matter to be
covered, there are 26 Editorial Board members from a variety of fields,
including education, library science, English, media studies, and history.
There is broad geographic representation on the Editorial Board. Fourteen
scholars are from the United States, eight from Canada, two from
Australia, and one each from Mexico and Wales.

The large number of Editorial Board members attests to the interest in
this journal as well as the lack of other periodical venues for the type
of scholarship which SIMILE intends to publish. In addition, the size of
the Editorial Board will ensure scholarly rigor and respect within the
academic community. These are especially important considerations for
e-journals, and the editorial staff of SIMILE and the University of
Toronto Press are committed to upholding high academic standards in this


The aim of SIMILE is to provide a venue for scholarly articles which will
bridge the subject areas of bibliographic instruction, information
literacy, and media literacy.

Directed at a readership in the fields of information/media studies,
library science, and education, SIMILE will examine ways in which
reference- and teacher-librarians, teachers, and other concerned
professionals can integrate media literacy concepts into instructional
sessions on the use of print and electronic mass media sources.

Reference librarianship has evolved in such a way that professionals in
this area are assuming the responsibility of classroom-based teaching that
stresses how to use information resources for a wide variety of user
groups in public, academic, and school library settings.

As librarians and information professionals assume new roles and
responsibilities, the type of instruction that these individuals have
typically provided should be expanded to include the "politics of

Frequent users of mass media, whether in print or electronic formats,
should be aware that it is not enough merely to access one or more sources
of information. It is equally vital, if not more so, to be able to
analyze, decode, and deconstruct media production in all its forms, taking
into account the socio-cultural and socio-economic context of its

Media literacy therefore refers to the ability to recognize and analyze
the political, economic, and cultural factors which influence all facets
of the information presented through media sources.

Bibliographic instruction which extends the technological know-how of
using library resources to include factors relating to media production
will enable students and the general public to hone the analytical skills
necessary to foster media literacy and to develop a critically informed
stance on a wide variety of information sources.

Librarians and traditional libraries have a special role to play in
fostering media literacy, but it is also recognized that each individual
now has access to a "virtual library" from a desktop or portable computer.
Thus, media literacy concepts may be taught through distance education by
a wide variety of information professionals.

Ultimately, this type of value-added bibliographic instruction will enable
individuals, whether within or outside the traditional library context, to
achieve a clearer understanding of available mass media resources and to
become aware of how meaning is structured and organized through what is
included, emphasized, or excluded in those resources.


SIMILE aims to explore the ways in which social and cultural environments
impact media production and the methods that could be used to teach the
skills needed to "read" these environments. It will also strive to provide
multiple perspectives arising from the diverse cultural contexts which
undergird media literacy issues world-wide.

While mass media delivery methods and mechanisms are constantly evolving,
SIMILE is interested in the content and the content-providers of mass
media. Insofar as traditional media and new media "no longer exist in
mutually exclusive spheres," articles in SIMILE will examine the content
of newspapers and magazines, films, videos, computer games, on-line
databases, and web sources of all types, whether specialized sites,
vertical portals or general-purpose portals. The images, graphics, sounds,
and hyperlinks that constitute the editorial and advertising content of
all print and electronic media are also open for discussion in SIMILE.

In tandem with the convergence of traditional and new media, the
definition of mass media as either a form of information or of
entertainment can no longer be applied. SIMILE thus understands the
importance of examining the nexus of education, information, and
entertainment in various media formats.

Specific topics within this broad context might be: the impact of the
commercialization of the internet on diverse information sources;
corporate ownership of media sources; media biases; and the presence or
absence of media competition.

Although the primary audience is public, school, and academic librarians,
as well as elementary and high school teachers, SIMILE will also be of
interest to corporate information workers responsible for tracking mass
media trends. Articles should thus suggest innovative ways to impart the
importance of media awareness and literacy to students and the general


A list of the 26 Editorial Board Members, detailed submission
requirements, and more information can be found at our web site. Please
visit us at

Or send an e-mail message to simile[at]

We look forward to your contribution.

5. Holland, Michigan votes against mandatory filtering

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 18:37:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Jamie McCarthy <jamie[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>,
Subject: No blocking software in Holland

Holland, Michigan, is one of the most conservative cities in America.
There was a ballot initiative to withhold funds from the area library
unless they installed "filters" on all internet terminals but one.
The vote took place tonight -- on the same evening as the Republican

The pro-filter position was pushed hard by national organizations like
the American Family Association and the Family Research Council.
These national groups contributed over $40,000 to the fight,
purchasing newspaper ads and spending thousands on yard signs.
Anti-filtering groups, raising money from local donations only, were
outspent twenty to one.

The issue has been in the Holland newspaper every day in recent weeks,
eclipsing the presidential race.  And not just Holland:  the issue has
gotten nationwide press as well (CNN, AP wire, among others).  As the
local TV news said, "the whole country is watching."

With an extremely heavy 41% voter turnout, the mandatory filtering
initiative was defeated.  The final tally was 4,379 "no" (55%) to
3,626 "yes" (45%).

Irv Bos, the head of the local American Family Association branch,
hinted that the issue would be on the ballot again later this year.
        Jamie McCarthy

6. David Burt/Jamie McCarthie debate

Sender: Jamie McCarthy <jamie[at]>
Subject: Re: Holland Vote

dburt[at] (David Burt) writes:

The pro-filtering forces had a difficult uphill fight,


David Burt posted here an edited excerpt of his weekly mailing, giving
just the information related to the Holland filtering ballot.

Another item in that same mail, which he omitted, gives us an example
of Mr. Burt's reliability:

   * Peacefire finds only 34 out of 383,000 sites wrongly blocked

   Continuing in the same tradition as The Censorware Project, the
   anti-filter group PeaceFire has announced it has "decrypted" the
   filter X-Stop's entire "blocking list" of 383,000 pornographic
   websites. Trouble is, Peacefire has so far found only 34 wrongly
   blocked sites: less than one in 10,000.

   Full Story at:

The interested reader should go check out the full story.  Peacefire
only looked at the first 50 blocks in the .edu domain.  The actual
error rate is 34 out of 50, not 34 out of 10,000.  And Mr. Burt,
of course, knows this.

Mr. Burt's propensity for playing with figures to get ones he likes
is well-known.  See, for example:

And in Mr. Burt's summary of the Holland news, he plays with numbers
again.  Because Holland is a small town, he cites the figure of
"number of swinging votes needed," instead of the actual percentage,
to make the vote sound very close.  Calling them "a swing of votes"
lets him divide the actual difference by two.  Actually, the vote
was 55% to 45%, in very heavy turnout.

Mr. Burt goes on to write:

The defeat cannot be viewed as indicative of the sentiments of those
served by the Herrick District, as only the residents of Holland
were allowed to participate in the vote.

This is true, and it's because of the pushy tactics of the American
Family Association.  This is the group whose pro-filtering video
"Excess Access" Mr. Burt has a starring role in, and on whose network
Mr. Burt's website is currently hosted.  The AFA rammed through a
measure which ensured that three townships that pay for the library
didn't get to vote.

Of course, if the AFA's measure had passed, I'm sure Mr. Burt would
not have mentioned this little fact.  Since it failed, he's looking
for any reason he can find to discredit the people's vote.

The Herrick District Library played "hard ball" with concerned
parents, threatening to close the library rather than stop providing
children with unfiltered Internet access.

This was a single remark made by one boardmember early in the
campaign.  In the last six weeks I followed the issue closely, it was
never brought up by the library and only once, in passing, by the
American Family Association.

The library had claimed there were only a handful of incidents where
patrons had accessed porn, after pursuing a policy of destroying
Internet log files that would have shown how much pornography
patrons were actually accessing.

No.  The library does not _have_ "Internet log files" to destroy.
There is no proxy, the seven workstations go directly to the internet.
I guess they've been "pursuing a policy" of connecting directly to
the internet just to spite the AFA.

When a young girl who was accidentally exposed to pornography in the
library complained, the library suggested she was a liar.  Library
spokesman Gary Pullano said the girl's "credibility factor is
somewhat suspect." [1]

Mr. Pullano said that because the girl allegedly accessed the
pornography and then didn't say anything about it for six weeks
because she was embarrassed.  Then she told her story in front of
the cameras of CNN and the local newsmedia.

That doesn't mean she's a liar.  She may have lied, yes.  But my best
guess is that she misunderstood or misinterpreted something.  We may
never know what actually happened.

Jamie McCarthy, a representative of the Censorware Project, an
outside group that had been brought into to discredit filters,

An aside, then back to the story of the chocolate-chip cookie girl.

No, the Censorware Project had not been "brought in."  This was a
tactic that the AFA tried to make themselves sound like the underdog
in Holland.  They described themselves as the poor, little guys
fighting the big national groups like the American Library Association
and the ACLU.

Then, political disclosure laws came into effect and the newspaper
printed who had donated what.  It turned out the Mississippi-based AFA
had spent $35,000 to ram their initiative through, including a
"push poll" in which a Florida firm was hired to ask leading questions
of hundreds of local voters.

And the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council spent another
$8,000.  I give the FRC credit, though, they have had a local Holland
office for a number of years, so they're not totally outsiders.

Meanwhile, local grass-roots groups had raised only $2,000 (and spent
it well, obviously!).

So which side was "brought in," Mr. Burt?

Here's my story.  I told some of the locals I was going to give a
talk.  I placed and paid for my own newspaper ad.  I paid to rent a
ballroom in downtown Holland.  And I drove my own computers up there.
I gave the talk and I drove back down.

I paid for this all myself.  The Family Research Council's annual
budget is fifteen million dollars.  The annual budget of the
Censorware Project:  zero.

Sorry, Mr. Burt, but you can't say I was "brought in" when it was
my idea and it all came out of my pocket.

also attacked the girl's character, waving a $100 bill as a reward
to anyone who could "prove" the girl's story. [2]

I asked both local pro-filtering groups to put me in touch with the
girl so that I could talk with her about what happened.  They refused.
Maybe they didn't want someone skeptical, with technical expertise,
to evaluate her story.  This $100 offer was my second choice.

And I notice you haven't tried to win the $100, David.  You get the
same rules as everyone else:  I will donate the money to your favorite
charity (even, say, the AFA) if you can show me how to duplicate the
event as reported in CNN:

   She typed in 'Chocolate Chip Cookies,' hit the search button
   and immediately there appeared before her eyes a picture of a
   nude woman.

(Full rules are available at the Slashdot URL you posted.)

You failed to mention that even CNN finds the girl's story less than

   When CNN Interactive tested every major search engine from Yahoo!
   and Google to Northern Light and AltaVista, those search terms
   didn't return a nude picture or a pornographic site on the first
   page of results. The story seems to have transformed a bit, like a
   game of 'Telephone.' Glenn said he heard the picture was of a man
   masturbating, another person said it showed two people involved in
   a sex act.

Tell us, Mr. Burt, do _you_ find her story credible?  Can _you_
explain how it might have happened?

(CNN goes on to mention that many people have seen unexpected porn at
least once;  CNN is entitled to its opinion, but my informal survey of
non-power-users suggests this is not true.)

In fact, this alleged "chocolate chip cookie" incident is only one of
two -- count them, two -- cases where people have said that they
viewed pornography at Herrick District Library.  Two, out of tens of
thousands of library patrons in the past four years!

The other case was of a woman was offended when porn came up on her
screen, left there by a previous patron.  She claimed at a public
meeting she immediately went to the "library director" to complain
about it -- but the library director was there and said he had never
heard her complaint.  She then said she wasn't sure who she had talked
to.  In any case, I personally, at that meeting, explained to her that
there are non-blocking-software technologies that prevent earlier
patrons' sites from coming up during your session.  My local library
uses such technology and its complaints have dropped dramatically due
to this and other non-blocking-software methods.

(In other words, technology besides censorware would have prevented
50% of the cases in which pornography was allegedly viewed at Herrick
District Library.  Now there's a figure you can trust.)

She listened as I explained that, and understood what I was saying,
but she still pushed her incident to the media as an example of why
filters were required.  Go figure.

Another factor contributing to the defeat was that the library kept
key information from voters until after the election.  Two days
after the measure was defeated, it was announced by the City
Attorney that "that the library's current policy is likely not
adequate because it only calls for library action if an Internet
user is creating a disturbance. She added that the current policy
doesn't specifically address children accessing material prohibited
for minors." [3]

Now this is really sneaky, Mr. Burt.  Hats off to you on this one.

As you know from reading the news story you cited, the "adequa[cy]" of
the library's current policy is in regards to the legislation which
has just passed the Michigan Senate and is pending in the House.

In other words, the issue is whether Herrick District Library's
existing internet policy is _already_ in compliance with a state law
which is intended to ensure the safety of children etc. -- a state law
which has not even been passed yet.  By removing this context, you
make it sound like an attorney has pronounced Herrick's policy to be
"not adequate," period.  Nice!

I wonder, Mr. Burt, if you even know what Michigan's proposed law
says, and why it is that Herrick's current policy is (possibly) in
compliance with it.

Library spokesperson Gary Pullano had earlier told voters that the
library's current policy was adequate under state law, so many
voters were under the mistaken impression that the measure was

Yes, because that is what they (and I) believed based on a reading of
the proposed law -- which, again, has not been passed and may not be
passed in its current form.  Indeed, even after studying the issue,
the attorney can say only what is "likely."  Law is hard!

Holland residents vowed to bring the measure back in November if the
problem had not been solved by then.

Ah.  Again, hats off to you for this sneaky language.

The "Holland residents" who want to bring this measure back are the
leaders of the local offices of the American Family Assocation and the
Family Research Council.  True, they are Holland residents because
they live in Holland -- so no one can accuse you of lying.

The need for filters in Michigan was underscored two [days] after
the defeat when a pedophile was arrested downloading child porn in
another Michigan Library.

And so far that's all we know.  I'll wait to see what the charges end
up being, and what facts the prosecutor presents.

I trust that they will be more accurate than yours.
        Jamie McCarthy

7. Mark Rosenzweig and Karen Schneider on the Diallou verdict

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Rosenzweig" <iskra[at]>
To: "ALA Council List" <alacoun[at]>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2000 9:41 PM
Subject: [ALACOUN:4441] Protest verdict in Diallo murder case!

As a librarian involved in my profession's struggle for enlightenment and
human development and as an activist both in my field and in the general
cause of social justice, I feel I have to take this occasion to most
strenuosly condemn the  appalling and unjust verdict "NOT GUILTY"  handed
down in NY for ALL FOUR POLICEMEN charged with murder in the case of

Mr. Diallou, black, was an entirely innocent and unarmed man, slaughtered
by NYC police with over 41 shots having been fired without provocation.
"Racial profiling" was admitted as one of the bases for the targetting of
Mr. Diallo. The police say they're very sorry that they killed him, but
that they were just doing what cops are supposed to do and Diallo most
regretably was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the doorway of his
own home!

Since Karen Schneider used the Diallo verdict as the occasion for a remark
about someone saying how Diallo "looked like a librarian", I think it is
apposite to say here that the real pertinance to librarians of the
acquital of Diallo's executioners is that, as professionals committed to
anti-racism, we should, along with all people of good will, be horrified
at what happened and moved to action in our communities .

I hope and trust many of my colleagues, here and abroad, will protest this
irresponsible verdict which emboldens rogue police everywhere in racism,
brutality and lawlessness in the name of the state.


Mark Rosenzweig

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From: "Karen G. Schneider" <kgs[at]>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]>
Subject: [ALACOUN:4442] Re: Protest verdict in Diallo murder case!
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 22:27:10 -0500
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Priority: 3
Sender: owner-alacoun[at]

I have been trying to sort out my feelings about librarianship and the
Diallo verdict, and I was at a (peaceful) interfaith march and protest rally
tonight in Albany that crystallized a lot of my thoughts about this.

In my opinion, as librarians, we should insure the words of our policy
manual are translated from thoughts to deeds, continue the push toward
socially responsible investing, continue to encourage libraries to be
intellectual crucibles of economic and social justice, and push for better
library funding everywhere.  Our fight to preserve intellectual freedom may
seem abstract to some, but it is also a crucial element of our professional
ethos.  If nothing else, in this country, you can still read what you want
to read.  We need to be vigilant to protect this central freedom.

Many of us became librarians because we truly believe that libraries can be
agents of change--perhaps through educating adult new readers, providing a
safe space for kids after school, putting books and the Internet in the
hands of people who would otherwise never see these resources, or working
with schools and other agencies to provide family literacy programs, to name
just a few examples.  We cannot always chain ourselves to paddywagons, but
we can be part of the empowerment process that helps new generations fight
to change a racist society. This is our special role in the long walk
towards universal justice.

Karen G. Schneider kgs[at]
Assistant Director of Technology
Shenendehowa Public Library, Clifton Park, NY

8. Art links

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The mission of this site is "to become the definitive and most
effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet."
Currently, features include a "comprehensive index of every
artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives,
and other online resources," a custom search engine, a list
of museums and more. Emphasis is on fine art painting and
sculpture, and additional coverage is provided for photography,
decorative arts, architecture, and video, digital and web-based
art. For more info see
This month's featured artist is Vincent van Gogh.

Submitted by:
R. Tiess

ResPool -
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Art Journal

Hard to keep up with all the news in the arts world? Arts Journal is a
new website (this week) ( billed as "a daily
digest of arts and cultural journalism." It's one-stop shopping for all the
news of the arts world, an easy way to keep current with what the arts world
is talking about.

Every weekday Arts Journal monitors and collects stories from more than
100 North American and European newspapers and magazines that write about
the arts, and posts links directly to the stories on the Arts Journal

Publications range from the New York Times, LA Times, Dallas Morning News,
the Toronto Globe and Mail, and London Times, to magazines such as Art
News, the Art Newspaper, Feed, Slate, Salon, the Village Voice, Seattle
Weekly and San Francisco Weekly.

The site also features links to the arts sections of dozens of newspapers,
magazines and other publications, as well as an archive of stories
organized by arts genre.

Arts Journal also features the "Arts Beat" column every weekend, an
annotated summary of the previous week's major arts stories plus a report
on trends and issues being written about in the arts press.

Arts Beat is also available each weekend in e-mail form delivered free of
charge. To sign up, send an e-mail to: Artsbeat[at] and write
"subscribe" in the Subject line. Arts Journal is edited by Douglas
McLennan, formerly arts columnist and arts reporter with the Seattle



From NewJour-L
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Visual Resources Art Image Database (Diamondial) -
Search, or browse by geographic area and type of art, and
view a database of over 1000 images from the DIA's
permanent collection or obtain reproduction licenses with
the online application form. There is an excellent Diego
Rivera archive of images of some of his Detroit fresco
murals from the thirties depicting before and after views
of the works. Diamondial is the site for the Detroit
Institute of Arts' (DIA) Visual Resources Department. - jp
Subjects: art

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From:  Dan Theobald[SMTP:dtheobald[at]]
Sent:  Wednesday, February 10, 1999 10:10 PM

Here's a nifty site you might find handy to reference
from time to time:

Basically it's a directory (they claim pretty comprehensive)
of every museum-oriented website in the world. A
value-added element is that they have rated these sites,
with educational material one of the elements considered.

I am trying to talk them into letting me add a new category,
for "Real-time experiences," which would look at
videoconfernecing, webcasts, chat sessions, etc.

I believe these are the same people behind the Museum
Channel, a new cable channel devoted to museum oriented
content which you might have read about. The folks behind
it have an interactive TV background, having worked on some
Bell Atlantic projects a few years ago back when all the
RBOCs were planning big ITV ventures.

Dan Theobald
Communications Planning
& Project Management

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LAMP = Labor Art and Mural Project

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"The Work of Art in the Age of Identity"
an article by Katie Mills

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Art and Music and the Labour Movement
Restoring art and music to the labour movement
The arts help bring people together, vividly show history, facilitate
learning and inspire action. Artistic expression can deal with complex
and divisive issues in positive and intriguing ways.
Songs on picket lines, skits at rallies, posters, cartoons,
newsletters - the arts remain a vital tool in building the labor

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The Union Art Service
"Comforting the aflicted and aflicting the comfortable since 1976."

The Union Art Service is a co-operative of Canadian political
cartoonists. The trade union and progressive publications across
Canada that subscribe to the U. A. S. are sent a monthly package of
cartoons and graphics which illustrate and comment upon such issues
as: unemployment, pay equity, the environment, workplace health and
safety. (Not to mention such miscreants as Jean "Little Guy"
Chretien, Mike "three-putt" Harris, and Preston "Preston" Manning.)

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a.k.a—Getty Information Institute searchable databases

Provided by the Getty Information Institute, a.k.a. has developed an
"experimental searching tool" to interface terms from the Art &
Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and the Union List of Artist Names
(ULAN) to several arts databases: the Avery Index to Architectural
Periodicals, the International Repertory of the Literature of Art
(RILA), and the Provenance Sale Catalogue and Sale Contents
Databases. a.k.a. allows the searching of multiple databases
simultaneously for the display of reference citations, thesauri terms
or artists names. The Avery Index contains journal articles on the
design and practice of architecture and urban planning; RILA covers
Western art in all media; and the Provenance Index databases cover
sales of art works tracked by three significant galleries. Extensive
help screens are provided.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.
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MoMA Online Projects [RealAudio, RealVideo]

The Museum of Modern Art presents this listing of online projects.
Two featured sites are Stir-Fry and InterNyet, by Associate Curator
of Film and Video, Barbara London. Like the musicologists of the
1930s, who set off to discover and record blues and folk music in the
rural American south, London travelled to China in 1997 and Russia in
1998, sending back these "dispatches" on the local arts scenes. She
embarked on these journeys equipped with a laptop computer, Hi-8
video camera, digital still camera, and cassette tape recorder.
Stir-Fry and Internyet are online scrapbooks, chronicling her
experiences via written journal entries, still photographs of artists
and their work, and audio and video clips. Also included are a time
capsule made for the tenth anniversary of World AIDS Day, Peter
Halley's Exploding Cell, and Technology in the 1990s, an ongoing
series of symposia that explore the promise and impact of new
technologies on contemporary culture.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.
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Switch: An Electronic Arts Journal [Shockwave]

Volume 3, number 1 of the electronic arts journal of the CADRE
(Computers in Art, Design, Research & Education) Institute of the
School of Art and Design at San Jose State University is now online,
and focuses on "art of the world wide web." Articles include "Useless
Web Pages: Conceptual Folk Art or Post Modern Web Dada?" and "The
Construction of Art on the Internet and the Mediating Inşuence of
the Search Engine." The essays are peppered with hypertext links,
which may lead the reader to appendices or other websites or even
personal homepages with relevance to the topic at hand. Previous
issues of Switch have covered such topics as interactive narrative,
virtual reality, and artificial life; as befits an arts journal, each
issue has its own look and feel (though this can make navigation
challenging). The next issue, due in July, will cover web-specific

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.
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Art Crimes: The Writing On the Wall

Art Crimes was the first graffiti site on the Web, and with over
2,000 images of graffiti from over 80 international cities, it is
probably the largest. Art Crimes' stated goal is to "provide cultural
information and resources and to help preserve and document the
constantly disappearing paintings." The site provides a comprehensive
education on graffiti art for all visitors and also offers assistance
to artists and writers who wish to contribute to Art Crimes' efforts
to preserve graffiti by making it digital. Take advantage of the
bibliography of books and articles, and links to Websites on graffiti
and art in general. The What's New section provides a list of ongoing
Web features at Art Crimes. For example, among the October listings,
"HUH? has a whole new look" is a show of graffiti on Polish train
cars. Artists should look under "How to Contribute to Art Crimes" for
resources to help them get their art online, including tips on
scanning and HTML tutorials.
[Note: Also reviewed in the September 16, 1994 Scout Report.]
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Alternating Currents—American Art in the Age of Technology

A joint production of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney
Museum of American Art, this site examines the interplay of
technological advances and American art over the past 30 years. The
site is "arranged into three thematic sections, each one exploring a
significant aspect of the role that industry and technology have
played in postwar American art." Industry and Consequence features
works that explore the impact of mechanization and industry on
society. Challenging Perceptions looks at artists who have abandoned
traditional materials in favor of new technological devices. Message
and Narrative focuses on artists' use of found objects combined with
video and digital media. Users may examine each gallery individually
or take a guided tour with RealAudio narration, enlarged photos, and

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.
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The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists, writers,
performers, film makers and arts professionals who fight
discrimination. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we
declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition
of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger.
We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our
personalities. We use humor to convey information, provoke
discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. In 14 years we have
produced over 70 posters, printed projects, and actions that expose
sexism and racism in the art world and the culture at large. Our work
has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who consider
themselves Guerrilla Girls too. The mystery surrounding our
identities has attracted attention and support. We could be anyone;
we are everywhere.

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WebWalker "is a newsletter about the Walker Art Center Websites and
digital culture on the net." The third issue features Airworld, net
art by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, and Mark Amerika's PHON:E:ME.
Airworld is designed to make readers question what they expect from a
Website. At first, the site looks slick and commercial, but then one
starts noticing oddities, such as a repeated slide graphic that will
not fill in, linked to text does not quite match, and blurry images,
all of which raise questions about what kind of site this actually
is. PHON:E:ME was launched in June, 1999, and WebWalker coverage
includes links to the work itself, a collection of essays, interviews
with the artists, and viewer comments. Three issues of WebWalker are
currently available, and instructions are provided for subscribing to
future issues via email. [DS]

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