Partisan Media Bias -
Kara Van Zile

Following the 2016 election, I became acutely aware of partisanship and how it classified people around me. Though American politics had already been quite polarized before then, the division became a lot more apparent to me at that time. A couple years later, I had a discussion with a friend of opposite political leanings on a fairly polarizing topic, and I came to realize that part of what contributed to our disagreement was the fact that we had very different information regarding the same topic. Our sources were telling us different things.

I wanted viewers of this exhibit to have the experience of viewing the same information through two different filters, and walking away with wildly different understandings about a topic. The transparent blue and red screen in front of the exhibit acts as a literal filter through which they read headlines regarding nine polarizing topics. Partisan bias works the same way— all information is filtered through a partisan lens, and thus consumers of this media come to understand all information they get from that outlet through a particular political stance.

With our media landscape broader than ever, it is becoming increasingly difficult to filter through truth and fact. What makes this even more difficult is that all of our media is biased, and after consuming it for long periods of time we don't even notice. Our sources are no longer delivering the same information, further dividing audiences along partisan lines. It is now up to the consumer to analyze the validity and reliability of their news. Skepticism is paramount-- what are you doing to filter your media?

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