Power to the People

The Media Deconstruction Kit confronts corporate control of mass media by allowing online viewers to remix and manipulate TV news broadcasts. At least that's what it promises to do -- right now it's just a prototype, the brainchild of 'The US Department of Art & Technology,' a faux-governmental entity developed by artist Randall Packer. The prototype itself is pretty arty, with a mashed-up newsreel soundtrack and visually distorted news images that expose a more elusive type of media distortion. - Curt Cloninger