Empty Newspapers Challenge A World Overflowing With Information
Sideline Collective has started a project that embraces silence
As citizens of the world, it is important to be informed of current events. However, the overwhelming amount of news we experience every day can be exhausting. From media outlets to social media platforms, information never ends. Recognizing this, Sideline Collective a project called “Nothing in the News.” The concept is simple, they created empty newspapers from around the world.
Viewers easily recognize these prominent newspapers because although they lack any content, their lettering and title are iconic. Sideline Collective wants to give people a break from obsessing over the latest headlines and their phones. We all want to know what is going on and most of all, seek to fill our time with something meaningful. Unfortunately, this usually means we spent too much time on meaningless activities that temporarily excite our senses. This leaves little time to just be and tune out from the rest of the world.
The creators explain, “Yes, we live in particularly sensitive times. Times where the truth really matters, and where newspapers have a more important role to play in modern democracies than ever before. But for a society addicted to breaking news, gossip, and celebrity status, to Facestagram and Twapchat, the latest trends, and the top tens, to sports punditry, conspiracy theories, cat videos, and ridiculous amounts of porn… for this cultural precipice, we offer the one thing you need more than anything else: “Nothing.”
These blank newspapers are available online on their site—a good purchase for anyone looking for a reminder of the importance of unplugging.
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Yael Maguire is an engineering director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab and a visiting scientist at Harvard. He is the co-founder of Plum Labs, an early stage mobile innovation lab, and co-founder and former CTO of ThingMagic, Inc., a leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. At Facebook, Yael is directly responsible for identifying and developing ways to provide affordable internet in underserved communities around the world. He is leading Facebook and Internet.org’s efforts to develop lasers, high altitude long endurance planes and satellites to help provide the necessary infrastructure for connectivity to these areas. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009-2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of Technology Review's "Top 35 innovators in the world under 35" in 2005.
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