Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano
Mediator

There is no hiding the fact that prevalent political attitudes in the media are ingrained in their reporting. It's not surprising that 72% of Americans believe "traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading." Mediation is a sentiment of the past, and now encouraged by political battles and social rivalry we are left bewildered and enraged when we discover the outstanding estrangement (divide) in the country’s collective consciousness.

Mediator provokes interactions and reflections that critique the entrenched divisions that news outlets create through partisan, bias and subjective language. Mediator is a digital news platform that pulls the top headlines from global news and for each story sources snippets of bias language from 4 politically diverse news outlet’s coverage of the event. Mediator returns the autonomy back to the individual and provides the user with the tools to educate and investigate the broader and divergent opinions in society.

Mediator takes it a step further and encourages the user to reflect and rationalize the language they read by collecting and visually manipulating the text they found problematic or agreed with. This interactive research highlights the tensions that our diverse society struggles with in today’s media. The user is encouraged to re-evaluate, debate and mediate their ideologies with a more cohesive representation and awareness of the world today so to better co-exist. The aim is not to all agree but rather to be conscious, critical and informed about issues that we face in today’s society.

Yasmeen AlAyoub

Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski