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June 1, 2004

Beyond The Barb Wire

As the fallout from Abu Ghraib continues to reverberate, one way media and government seems to be responding is by taking a fresh look at the condition of people who are incarcerated or living under adverse political circumstances. Recently, I came across interactive pieces that reflect each condition.

An organization called Picture Projects has created a site, called “About 360,” which tells the stories of individuals in the criminal justice system from the perspective of various people involved (the victim, the lawyer, the convict, etc.). Here is the entry page.

Also, the Canadian Broadcasting Company has produced a unique interactive piece providing an “on the ground” look at life in a refugee camp. The interface is like a video game (which possibly detracts from the seriousness), but it’s also ernest and creative. Click here.

(refugee link: interactive narratives)

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