Website allows you to easily hijack news websites

NewsJack launches to let you remix, edit news websites | Poynter..

[T]hanks to a new website launching today by two people at the MIT Media Lab, you can create your own spoof version of the Times or any other news website in a matter of minutes.

No Photoshop skills required. No army of volunteers needed. Just NewsJack it.

“This gives average citizens the ability to make commentary on the media effectively and easily,” says co-creator Dan Schultz

Visitors to NewsJack can enter the URL of any site they’d like to hijack. The NewsJack homepage also offers quick links to The New York Times, CNN and Fox News to enable people to quickly try the tool.

Users click on the portion of text or image they’d like to replace and enter new text or a new URL for an image or hyperlink. Save the changes and they show up on your edited webpage. When you’re done making edits, NewsJack generates a shortened URL to your hijacked page that you can share.

Tip: @Krelnik Tim Farley on Twitter

This is the Newsjack site. Oh, wow. This could be wonderful or terrible depending if it’s used for good or evil purposes.

The point of the site SAYS it is a critical media analysis tool, allowing people to reframe articles in the language they want to see, that is, as a critical commentary of how skewed a certain news story is. Call me cynical but I see this used as a spoof site for hoaxes and jokes. We shall see if it turns out to be that or not.

But, it should remind people of something that Doubtful News holds dear. Do not assume the news story you are given is the whole thing that you should swallow whole. There is a spin, details are hidden and pertinent angles are not explored. We can’t trust what we see on the web any more than we can trust videos on YouTube or photos circulating on social media. Our “reality” today is constructed more than ever through our technology. Keep your skepticals on.   O_O

  2 comments for “Website allows you to easily hijack news websites

  1. Fastmover01
    April 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I see this as a way for hyper-partisan fruitbats to post false stories defaming one or another news agency. This is NOTHING but bad. There are far too many nowadays that take whatever they see, in the realm of politics, for granted. People don’t research the stories for facts instead they research FOR stories to prove what they already believe. And this will be another tool. I will make a prediction that as this becomes more popular the number of Fox News false stories will skyrocket thousand fold.

  2. Verklagekasper
    April 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I think it’s funny…

    http://bit.ly/KabEgj

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