Problem

The election in 2016 is a turning point for me to unerstand America. I came to this country 6 years ago, when I was 18, attending college in a very liberal state, and later moving to New York, where 94% of the population voted for Democratic. All I have learned and people in my circle are very liberal. All I have seen is in my liberal bubble.

The bubble broke during the 2016 election. I realized I have never really understand half of the country.

And it's not just me. Democrats and Repulicans not only don't understand each other, they even show strong hatred toward each other and think the other party as a threat to the nation's well-being." The hatred is higher than any point in the past 20 years.

But why? What splitted the country and turned the people against each other?

Facebook As A News Medium causes Intergroup Failure of Empathy

Facebook has become the top source for news. But Facebook was designed as a social medium to facilitate social connection. When it serves as a news medium, the design makes an echo chamber – users will cluster into like-minded bubbles because they receive highly personalized news.

Facebook creates a bigger challenge for people to see news outside their beliefs and other perspectives, andevoke empathy toward them.

Goals

Understand other perspectives better


Change attitude toward people with different opinions - Understand them, accept them, suspend judgement.


Acknowledge we have bias.

Compare To Other Project With Similar Goals

Blue Feed, Red Feed


Obama


Voter Repression Trial

Mechanics 1
News as an Interactive Novel

To gamify the process of presenting information - let the user to explore different outcomes of a news from a first-person perspective, and then debrief what really happened.

Mechanics 2
Send and Receive Reflection Anonymously

Answer a question about the news: support or not support
write down your personal stories to support your argument
instantly receive a personal story of an anonymous user, who answered oppositely for the question.

Mechanics 3
Weekly Reports To Monitor Changes

Access to all his/her own answer the questions and monitor the change of the responses to questions.

Timeline of the project

The Perspective will be on Android, IOS, and website. The thesis behind the mechanics will be finished by August 10th. This project will be my integrative project of the Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University, Teachers College.

Contact

If you are interested in the project and want to be one of the participants, please send me an email. Your efforts are very much appreciated for the research!