What makes a news topic both outrageous and emotion-tugging, and how can we use technology to help explain the scale and severity of the topic in an accessible way? The Outrage Machine was a collaboration between ITP, Viacom and NYC Media Lab that focused on the creation of engaging screen based interactive storytelling experiences that address social outrage. The final project was a presentation on Viacom’s external billboard screens in Times Square in January 2016.
Our project examined the implications of state surveillance. How is our online behavior being monitored by the government and other organizations? Who is doing the watching? Where is our personal data being housed? Most importantly, how is that information being used by these organizations?