I wanted to See all the news from Today
Martin John Callanan
Marshall McLuhan once quipped that people don’t read newspapers so much as submerge into them. The patron saint of digital culture likened this action, a veritable ‘sinking’ into disparate streams of information, as something an individual would approach as casually as they’d slip into a warm bath. Martin John Callanan’s I wanted to See all the news from Today provides a similar immersive media experience by aggregating the front page of hundreds of newspapers from around the world and displaying these images within the screen space of a single web page. Launched in 2007, the piece mines more than 600 papers originating in seven continents, continuously scraping data from these sources every day without pause. These pages are organized to form a massive grid that references the familiar ‘image gallery’ and ‘array of thumbnails’ that are associated with managing digital information assets, but subverts these organizational frameworks towards different ends.
electronic media, newspapers, news
How to Cite
Callanan, M. & Smith, G., (2009) “I Wanted to See All the News from Today”, Opticon1826 6.