Junto March Madness 2019: Round 1 Winners and Round 2 Voting!

Junto March Madness 2019After some unusually polite trash talk on twitter, a first-round runoff, and more than three thousand votes cast, we are ready to move on to the next round of this year’s Junto March Madness tournament. Sadly, many worthy digital projects must end their tournament hopes today. We encourage you to revisit the entire field to appreciate the remarkable online resources available to those of us interested in Vast Early America.

Today, voting begins for our tournament’s round two. It will end on Tuesday at 8:00pm (EST).

Thank you to all of those who nominated digital projects and those who voted. We are gratified to see that many people are finding new digital resources, or even teaching with them, through this tournament. Remember, as always, that this tournament is meant to be a fun way to highlight some of the early American community’s favorite digital projects—rather than a serious attempt to identify the “best” digital project. As you vote for round two, we again encourage you to explore some of the projects you aren’t familiar with. Tell us what you’re finding and how you’re making decisions in the comments below, or on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness: Round One Runoff!

Junto March Madness 2019Round one voting has finished for our 2019 March Madness tournament! Well, almost.

The matchup between 2-seed Slave Revolt in Jamaica and 7-seed Magazine of Early American Datasets ended in a tie, and so we go to a runoff. Cast your votes below.

This poll will only run for 24 hours, so make your selection quickly!

We will announce the winners and begin round two voting on Monday.

Junto March Madness 2019: Round One Voting Continues

Junto March Madness 2019After brisk voting on Tuesday and Wednesday, round one of Junto March Madness 2019 continues with the second half of this round’s matchups.

Voting for these matchups will end on Friday at 5:00pm EST.

A few things to remember: this is supposed to be fun! Try to enjoy it. We encourage you to take this tournament as an opportunity to explore digital projects that you haven’t seen before, rather than just voting for the ones you already know. Let us know what you find in the comments below, or by tweeting using the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Voting Begins for Round 1!

Junto March Madness 2019Will there be upsets? Which digital project will be this year’s Cinderella story? Who will earn immortal glory as the #JMM19 victor? Today, we will start to answer those questions, as voting begins for Junto March Madness 2019.

We announced the matchups on Monday and we will begin with voting for the first four of our eight brackets today. Voting will end on Wednesday at 5:00pm (EST). Voting for brackets five through eight will begin on Thursday and end on Friday.

We encourage you to not just vote for your favorites, but to take the opportunity to explore some of the digital projects that you haven’t had the opportunity to use in the past. As you do so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #JMM19. As always, we hope you will engage with this competition in the spirit of good fun.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Announcing the Brackets

Junto March Madness 2019Are you ready? It’s time to unveil the brackets for Junto March Madness 2019.

This year, the tournament focuses on digital history projects relating to Vast Early America. Readers nominated an excellent field of digital projects, including venerable favorites and young scrappy upstarts.

Voting will begin this week in separate posts.

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Junto March Madness 2019 Begins!

Junto March Madness 2019It’s once again March and that can only mean one thing at The Junto: our March Madness tournament. We skipped last year to welcome our new members, so in case you’ve forgotten: you nominate, we bracket, and you vote. In previous years, we have hosted tournaments of books, articles, and primary sources in early American history.

This year, our tournament will focus on digital projects on early America.

Nominations open now and will close on Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. eastern time. Consult the rules and add your nominations in the comments section below. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #JMM19. Voting will commence next week. Continue reading

From Platform to Publisher: Facebook, the Early American Open Press, and Alex Jones

Yesterday, Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify removed the content of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services. Jones has gained notoriety for propagating outrageous falsehoods on topics including vaccines, school shootings, and uh, *checks notes* space vampires. These decisions to remove Jones’s content come amid a growing public conversation about the extent to which technology and social media companies should act as stewards of truth. Facebook in particular has come under scrutiny for its role in spreading “fake news” in American politics and anti-Muslim propaganda in Sri Lanka, as well as CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of Holocaust deniers’ ability to share verifiably false content on the site. Continue reading