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heel ander blad

For Dutch speakers, the collage newspaper 'Heel Ander Blad' ('Very Different Paper') by artist Luuk Wilmering offers an effective piece of media satire. The concept - cutting up hundreds of NRC's and reassembling them into a nonsensical version - is simple, but by carrying it through and producing an entire newspaper of nonsense, it pointedly illustrates the hollowness of today's news.

Leafing through the paper and skimming its headlines (there isn't much else in there anyway, is there?) with their simplistic factoids and "insinuating quotations" makes for a bewildering and eerily familiar experience. Its attention to detail extends to photo collages, captions, infographics and brand-less ads - all as realistic as they are absurd.

Heel Ander Blad - 1

Heel Ander Blad - 2

Produced in 2009, 'Heel Ander Blad' was part of an exhibition in Museum De Pont. See more pages here. Better yet, you can still order the paper version.


avoid news

An interesting essay that's been making the rounds recently - ironically after being published in a Dutch newspaper - is ' Avoid News ' (PDF) by Rolf Dobelli . Subtitled 'Towards a Healthy News Diet', this polemic article gives 15 reason… Read the full post »

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