This is part a project undertaken with John Fass. The aim is to explore how we consume news in the digital age.
Online news sources have altered the way we source and view news items in a number of ways. We have been researching this over the last year and have raised several issues. You can read more on these in the paper presented to NORDICHI.
One issue that seems particularly pressing is the way that digital news items can be silently altered and updated. Rolling digital news has blurred the boundaries of what used to be an explicitly iterative form of communication – newspapers were published at regular intervals, each one updating the information presented in the last, and previous issues existed as a matter of record in order to compare changes and amendments But the content of an online news article can be changed by the publisher at any point, and without leaving a trace. This can act to the detriment of truth and clarity.
Part of our proposed solutions involves making these hidden changes visible to readers – in other words trying to expose the story behind the story. We have proposed various screen based examples of how versions and iterations of the online story can be exposed within a web browser.
As an extension to this, I have also been developing a physical version which reveals information about paper based news articles – for example which facts have recently been changed or added, or what text has been removed which appeared in earlier versions.
This physical viewer uses an LCD screen with the backing removed in order to create a see-through screen which can be overlaid on printed text and add digital graphics and highlighting to the analog page.
You can see a video of the first prototype here.