thinglets: A Great Way To See Bad News

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This beautiful animation on the devolution of the world's economy through the life cycle of a newspaper press has become my re-watch of the weekend. A stark visual metaphor about the global financial crisis seemingly spawned by an Economist headline from a couple of years ago: WORLD ON THE EDGE.

Examining the role of media in perpetuating self-fulfilling prophecy, one wonders if news networks ever came on the air and said: "Meteor about to hit the earth in a week - Humanity Finished", would such a proclamation spawn the end of society as we know it WITHOUT a meteor actually existing.

Reflections on the power of media and the importance of keeping it in the hands of the people and never out of reach.