Visit and watch the other 5 Unspeak shorts; add new terms to the Unspeak dictionary, and play with data-visualiation tools that show how Unspeak spreads across social media.

Based on British journalist Steven Poole’s intriguing book of the same name, Unspeak is an interactive documentary by Submarine Channel that looks at how language can smuggle persuasion into description.

Consisting of short films, an interactive data visualization, and a participatory dictionary, Unspeak critically and satirically reveals the unspoken messages and obscured meanings behind familiar media terms such as War on Terror, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Climate Change, File Sharing, Austerity Measures, Erectile Dysfunction, or the Dutch word Kopvoddentax.

Through a radical collage of archive footage, quotes, and Steven Poole’s own enlightening analyses, Unspeak visualizes how language is manipulated to suit political agendas and the changing role and responsibility of the media.

Set at the intersection of film, data, technology and design, the documentary pushes the boundaries of the genre and invites audiences to tune in to the wealth of daily Unspeak talk, so that you’ll start seeing and hearing it everywhere. And then, perhaps, we can fight back.

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