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Fake News is Acid Trip : Acetate Newspaper

Date: 2022. 11
Location: Providence RI
Design Studio I with Pouya Ahmadi
The project delves into the metaphorical communication of design through visual form, with my chosen metaphor being "Fake News is Acid Trip." This metaphor symbolizes how we fall into the trap of fake news, much like the disorienting experience of an acid trip. In recent years, the alarming rise of fake news and misinformation has become a pressing concern. The widespread use of social media has made it incredibly easy for false information to spread rapidly. Moreover, individuals often trust the sources they encounter on their personal timelines, making it challenging to distinguish between truth and falsehood. The consequences of the dissemination of fake news and misinformation can be perilous, fueling public mistrust, division, bias, agitation, and even violence. To portray the intricate nature of this issue, I constructed a newspaper entirely composed of transparent acetate, layering each page to evoke a sense of depth and confusion. My intention was to capture the overlapping and overwhelming nature of information, allowing fake news and misinformation to flourish in our society.

︎︎︎ The red sheet acts as a symbolic representation of the veil that covers up conflicting reports, altered quotes, and doctored images, which are often employed to sway our emotions and manipulate our perceptions of a given subject. When flipped over, it reveals the truth behind these modifications and exposes the deceptive nature of the information.
This element serves as a reminder to the audience about the crucial importance of critical thinking and fact-checking. Moreover, it urges them to question the validity of information presented to them, ultimately empowering them to make more informed judgments.

︎︎︎ The presence of fake news can have a profound and far-reaching impact on people's perceptions, often leading to significant divisions among social groups. When false or misleading information is disseminated widely and unchecked, it can reinforce existing biases, deepen divisions, and create an "us vs. them" mentality.
This reinforcement of biases can also lead to the formation of distinct ideological factions, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to engage in meaningful dialogue or find common ground.

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