Tilt Shift Congress
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Looking back on how the mainstream news media handled and mishandled the reporting of tragic and heroic events over the past week, I am reminded of one of the founding principals of technology - the difference between Data and Information.
Speaking as someone that watched a lot of coverage on numerous channels the last 72 hours, it was interesting as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News (and I hate to admit it but there are many others not mentioned) all approached any piece of Data as news. Without any filters at all on the Data, the news media time and time again turned right around and aimed the Data firehose immediately on the viewer to have a drink. Sometimes they got it right —- and sometimes they got it wrong.
In retrospect though —- this is the world we live in now with instantaneous feedback via 1000 TV channels, infinity intraweb sites and services, blogs, video everywhere, smartphones, instant messaging and myriad social networks and applications. The bottom line - I’m officially willing to cut the news media services some slack and come to the realization that I am responsible for finding the Information in the Data.
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