Another Graffiti Blog/Database

Latrinalia — the writing on the walls of bathrooms — and graffiti have been studied by folklorists for quite some time. It’s refreshing to see folks not only collecting material but also attempting to publish it in some fashion as they collect it. My friend and colleague Quinn Dombrowksi was the first person I know to do so, and now I just ran across Graffiti on Grounds, an “archive of writing scratched and scrawled around the campus of the University of Virginia.” The great thing about GoG is that clicking on an individual item gets you a single page which has Dublin Core metadata and “Graffiti Item Type” metadata. If there was a “This Week in the Humanities” program, I would like to do a show on this.

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