'Is This the Truth?': Ohio State Student Art Exhibition Questions Relationship Between Online Media and Fake News | The Lantern

April 8, 2021

'Is This the Truth?': Ohio State Student Art Exhibition Questions Relationship Between Online Media and Fake News | The Lantern

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Urban Art Space's Is this the Truth? was recently featured in The Lantern.

From Clement Kasser for The Lantern:

In an era of disinformation and selfie-saturated platforms that also provide news, students are using artwork to encourage conscious consumption of online media.

“Is This the Truth?,” created in partnership with Urban Arts Space’s Hybrid Arts Lab, features a diverse array of art collected by James O’Donnell, a professor and graduate student in the art education program, over the past several years from students as part of his Ph.D. dissertation. 

O’Donnell said his dissertation is focused on how undergraduates relate to potentially misleading or manipulative media imagery online. O’Donnell surveyed his students, asking them to create a piece of artwork representing their relationship to the media. 

Skeptical of dominant authority and media messages, O’Donnell said some questions that fueled his research were: “Why are people so easily misled?” “Why do people get wrapped up in conspiracy theories?” and “What can my field do to address this?

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