The Wall Street Journal Recently Released 'Blue Feed, Red Feed'

By: Joey Haar - Jan 3, 2017
References: graphics.wsj & boingboing.net
The Wall Street Journal's 'Blue Feed, Red Feed' is a stark visual representation of the incredibly different messages that Americans receive through their social media feeds based on their political leanings. The project, which was released in the wake of the US presidential election, places a conservative-leaning Facebook News feed side-by-side with a liberal-leaning Facebook News feed, encouraging viewers to understand the dramatically disparate information that people from each of those sides receive.

Though it might seem strange to admit it, Facebook is one of the most common realms in which people get their news. Since the social media site is not held to any sort of standard for displaying content, it relies on algorithms to give people the news that they most want to see. The result is tremendous bias in one's news feed depending on the articles they click most.