Will Carey's 'ticker tape' radio is such a quirky idea.
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Ticker Tape is an internet radio for people who demand tailor-made content. Using content available via the internet, Ticker Tape scans for news stories from around the world broadcasting them to the listener who can manage the content via the Ticker Tape website. Pulling the cord allows the listener to choose the duration of the broadcast. How the creation of content is controlled, how we assert control over that content, and how content can assert control over us is explored through the simple interaction of the Ticker Tape system.