How Society Runs

How Society Runs, curated by Allie:

A site very much open for interpretation, I Wanted to See All the News From Today (a work in progress) provides little to no insight into the mind of its creator. The site, however, does provide viewers with hundreds of newspaper front pages and magazine covers. While this can either be seen as a way to access far hidden corners of the world that are often underrepresented in world news, it can also call into question how news is presented in our society. Users can keep track of many things from how many papers feature a U.S based story on their front page, to the ways in which the editors laid out the stories, emphasizing the ones they feel are most important with bold headlines and dominating photos. Although all the papers may look slightly different in appearance, it is important to consider the small amount of people who actually own the world’s media outlets. These select individuals are responsible for providing the entire world with a steady flow of information yet mainly come from the Western world. Therefore, one can start to wonder who exactly is controlling the news and what information we receive.

Media Salon

Tyler Friedman at Media Salon on I Wanted to See All of the News From Today:

I saw a panel discussion with the guy who did this project before. It is pretty ambitious. […] It is a constantly refreshing overview of the state of the global consciousness. It is not every newspaper yet, but, as I understand, that is the goal. Of course, this project is dependent upon physical print- upon the concept of a newspaper front page. It would not be as effective to make a similar conglomeration of the daily headlines using, say, internet home pages, as most news sites are not as regionalized as a printed paper is. So, this project acts upon physical reality, compiling it in a way that would be physically impossible without digitalization and the globalized communal work ethics enabled by networking.One other thing that is nice about this, is that it doesn’t attempt to say anything. There is not editorial voice, or artistic presence providing access to the information for you. No translations, no links. The site is completely 2-dimensional. The information is left to speak for itself, to be interpreted as it is. As such it is a pretty radical visualization of the international current moment.If only the images were higher resolution and a pdf style zoom in zoom out function was supported so that the smaller text would be visible.