Pettican, Anneké and Roberts, Spencer (2006) Newsdrip [Phase four]. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Newsdrip documents the shifting emphasis and subject matter of the online news media. It is as much an index of significance as it is of the ephemeral.

Phase four of the project is a fully functional prototype of the hardware and software that will run the final installation.

Our software reads the front pages of a number of online newspapers, counts the occurences of a variety of place names and then triggers a series of dripping devices based on this information. In the final installation the resulting ripples will highlight locations of current media significance by dripping onto the surface of two large-scale, counterposed maps.

The software is live and the information updates constantly. The sensitivity of the system will increase over time as the coordinates of new locations are added to our database.

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