Chiara Bertolin


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I decided to enter this contest because it allows to consider a topic that affects everyone’s life: fake news. It also offers the opportunity, for graphic design enthusiasts, to deploy our skills to promote and build a deeper awareness about such an important and tricky issue. Unfortunately, fake news moulds our ideas and orientates our choices. Often we do not even realize how easy can be to come across fake news! Therefore I meant to highlight this peculiar side of the matter by using typography as it can become text and image as well. The slogan itself "Pay attention because fake news is just around the corner” creates the corner, beyond which, unexpectedly, we can come across fake news. Only our awareness won’t let us be caught unprepared!
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Fake news might feel like a recent development that has only come to prominence since the election of one politician who shall not be named, but the practice of spreading rumours and misinformation is as old as the printed word.

People have always twisted the truth, or simply told lies, to get what they want (or change the world). But now we have the ability to share information faster and wider than ever before. It used to be only a few media outlets or government sources that could shape public thought, but now everyone can.

And unlike the media or government, none of us are held accountable for what we post. As there are few laws or fines that can be thrown at us for posting lies, there is no incentive to act responsibly in the public sphere. Get likes (or votes) first, worry about potential consequences later. If the self-styled leader of the free world can’t be held to account for regularly tweeting and spreading blatant untruths, then what stops everybody else from doing the same?


What is around the corner?


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