What's the deal with you guys?
Polity is a media company founded by Alex Pan, a journalist currently going through a media and laws degree at the University of New South Wales. Polity seeks to present the news in a way that helps to fix the problem of rising political polarisation. A more detailed explainer of how we do that can be seen here, but that's basically the gist of it.
We're helped in doing what we do by our awesome editors, John Seroukas, Tim Enderby, and Finbar Piper.
Hmmm... i'm not sold on Polity's concept. Isn't the binary splitting of issues part of the problem?
Yes and no. As seen in Jon Stewart's famous takedown of Crossfire, (an American TV series that does something similar to us), there are many pitfalls in a binary news presentation format. As Jon Stewart notes in the above video, Crossfire enables the proliferation of low quality arguments that seek to strategically divide the populace. At Polity, with think that the binary splitting of issues is an inevitable and natural thinking process for humans, and that the problem with this kind of issue separation is in the way it is performed, rather there being any 'inherent' flaws in the format. Thus, Polity differs from normal 'binary split' formats such as Crossfire in three main ways:
First & foremost, we try to only present arguments that we think everyone can find a little bit of truth in, regardless of where in the political spectrum you identify.
Secondly, we're very strategic with how we choose topics to talk about; see our article on the marriage equality 'plebiscite' where we framed the issue as 'should marriage equality be decided on a postal vote?' as opposed to 'should there be marriage equality?'. This is done because often the real issues at hand aren't the issues reported in popular media. Polity selects issues as to cut through the 💩, to bring you real analysis of complex topics.
Finally, by acting as a 'news summariser', we aim to remove the rhetoric from punditry, reducing the effect of emotional appeals on the reader, and encouraging the reader to digest arguments in a more logical manner.
We're confident that Polity's format avoids the adversarial and combative nature of news formats that also seek a binary split of issues. Instead of 'dumbing down' the news, we force the reader to give your own deep analysis of popular news stories.
Why are some of your arguments in your 'guide-tos' presented in black & white as opposed to your normal blue & red?
The Polity B&W format is used by us for niche issues with no clear political affiliation. These issues often involve very broad and high-concept questions, and is thus impossible to convey a 'guide-to' which represents 'the majority' of opinion. Accordingly, our 'B&W' articles show the arguments for positions on both extremes, and fittingly, are presented in black and white as opposed to our classic blue and red. We do this to illustrate the elevated difficulty in negotiating the correct course of action in relation to these issues.
Because of this, at Polity, we think that these issues aren't as black and white as presented. Thus, Polity strongly urges the reader to find their own grey area when reading these articles.
Wow, Polity's concept is pretty awesome. Can I help you guys do what you do?
Of course! Currently, Polity mostly needs content producers, or people who can write our 'guide-tos' but we're open to anything else that you reckon you can bring to the table.
Interested? See that Contact sidebar up above? Click it and send us a message telling us why you're keen, and we'll respond with next steps.
Hey, i'm a organisation & we love what you do. Are you open to promotional partnerships?
Yep! For sure. We'd love to partner with you to produce your content. Whether it be one of our 'guide-tos' or a video, we can tackle any interesting topic that you're passionate about. Submit any proposals through our 'contact' section in the sidebar above.
It should be noted that we take our journalistic integrity very seriously, and any partnerships will not result in a product that only covers 'your side' of the story. This is because at Polity, we think they best way to convince other people about other views isn't to force these views in their face; all sides of an issue should be fairly presented and respected, and if you're confident that your stance is the correct stance, the reader should be able to make their mind up on what stance is correct. What Polity can do for you is present a niche issue to the public and let them understand the deeper problems regarding an issue in a format that works.
We don't share any of your information with third parties. Who is a third party? Well the first party is us, and the second party is you. So a third party is anyone other than us and you. Now that's a party 🎉🎉🎉
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