Newstweek: fixing the facts

Newstweek is a device to manipulate news read by other people on wireless hotspots. This is a video outlining the scope of the project.

"Media is the nervous system of a democracy; if it's not functioning well,
the democracy can't function.
- Jeff Cohen,
Founding Director of the Park Center for Independent Media

Newstweek is a device for manipulating news read by other people on wireless hotspots. Built into a small and innocuous wall plug, the Newstweek device appears part of the local infrastructure, allowing writers to remotely edit news read on wireless devices without the awareness of their users.

While news is increasingly read digitally, it still follows a top-down distribution model and thus often falls victim to the same political and corporate interests that have always sought
to manipulate public opinion.

Newstweek intervenes upon this model, providing opportunity for citizens to have their turn to manipulate the press; generating propaganda or simply
'fixing facts' as they pass across a wireless network. As such, Newstweek can be seen as a tactical device for altering reality on a per-network basis.

Project & video by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev.


Newstweek on Vimeo:

September 23, 2012