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.
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"Media is the nervous system of a democracy; if it's not functioning well, the democracy can't function."
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Newstweek also signals a word of caution, that a strictly media-defined reality is a vulnerable reality; that along the course of news distribution there are many hands at work, from ISP workers, numerous server administrators and wireless access point owners.
Moreso, with the increasing ubiquity of networks and their devices comes greater ignorance as to their function, offering a growing opportunity for manipulation of opinion, from source to destination.
Hotspots manipulable by Newstweek include cafes, libraries, hotels universities and city-wide wireless access points.
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"Newstweek [...] is one of the most elegantly conceived and executed network art projects in the past few years, if not in the brief history of computational art."
- Vague Terrain
Newstweek.com and all internal pages have been made with HOTGLUE: http://hotglue.org
- Jeff Cohen, Founding Director of the Park Center for Independent Media
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Photo by Jan Kovalik
Prix Ars Electronica 2011
Interactive Art category