While the web was meant to broaden our horizons, the opposite has happened. Social media’s filter bubbles, a fragmented media landscape, fake news, click baits and the drive to personalization have all narrowed our views.
Through its mission to open minds, The Perspective seeks to counter the growing polarization that people all over the world are experiencing (Brexit, the 2016 US presidential election, etc.). We have employed political science, design, psychology and technology to construct various content formats that compose the website’s unique offering.
These features, ranging from our own articles to a gamified challenge, will enable readers to consider contradicting views that might otherwise feel threatening. Readers will also get exposed to content they might not otherwise see.
The site (web and mobile web) will touch on current events that range from politics to entertainment. It will also examine long-standing debates spanning a wide variety of topics, from religion to sports.
The site’s features are designed to persuade readers to consider ideas threatening to their worldview:
Trending Perspectives –
We scour the web to find worthwhile contradictory or enriching articles/videos on daily hot topics which we display side by side. Users can read, vote, comment, and play.
The Perspective Challenge –
A gamified platform where you get to influence someone you know and “pay” by allowing your own point of view be influenced by them.
The Big Debates (formerly “Essentials”) –
Original articles, presenting two sides of a classic debate, but researched and written in a way that appeals to the values of those who might be opposed to it.
Subjective Timeline –
We take on the biggest ongoing conflict and design a timeline that shows how the same milestones are perceived by both sides who took part in it.
My Perspective –
UGC platform that allows people to share how the big issues relate to them in their daily lives.
The Perspective has garnered global media attention since its Product Hunt launch. Appearances include: Alley Watch, Tech Crunch, MakeUseOf, Native Society, Springwise, Protein and many more. We have also won CSS Nectar’s site of the day, W3 awards Silver Winner and most recently we became the proud recipients of the 2017 “Best of ” WebAward recipient – News Category and Eppy Award winner for innovation project.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions page to get a better sense of our why and how we do what we do.