[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