SOCIAL MEDIA SELECTIVELY SHOWS YOU OPINIONS YOU ALREADY AGREE WITH.
These ‘news-aggregators’ insulate us from opposing views, confirming our biases and making it difficult for good discussion on important issues to occur, driving political polarisation. Thus, Polity was created as a response to a single premise:
"A democracy cannot serve as an
organised polity if neither side
of the debate engages or
understands the opposite half"
Polity was designed to fix this problem through our unique format we use to present the news.
How does our
This is how normal media presents news.
Issues are split into 'the authors views' (yellow circle), and 'the rest'.
Polity acts as a news-aggregator THAT'S BALANCED,
summarising the 'fors & againsts' of big issues . All our arguments are cited from respected journalists, whose opinions you can read more about in our citations.
views conveyed in an opinion piece (authors views)
= views conveyed by Polity
Here's what this format achieves.
(illustrated using the below analogy):
Thus, without useful 'functions', 'data' is meaningless.
We think the human cognitive process of media consumption is similar.
1. Get raw data.
2. Turn data into information using functions.
This is how computers process data to get information:
Our ‘guide-to’ format breaks down news issues into their ‘facts’ and ‘arguments’, allowing you to assess the validity of a wide selection of ‘functions’ so that you can select the best ones to apply to the facts, optimising your end-opinion. Additionally, by presenting your side of the debate fairly, and displaying it side by side with it’s counter arguments, this reduces the cognitive dissonance in reading arguments you don’t agree with, limiting your instinctual urge to reject them. By making you read opposing arguments with an open mind, we hope Polity prompts you to ask yourself: ‘why does the other side think what they think?’, a question that sheds light on the underlying problems of complex social issues.
Hence, by presenting the
'black & white' of an
issue, Polity shows you
Learn more by reading our white paper here: