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depropagandiser

Unfolding various facets of an article

Description:

Interpretation: Black box / box / multiple faces.
People standing around a box, looking at it, see different faces/aspects of the same object. When the box is unfolded to its flat representation, everyone can see all faces.

Application of the idea:
Depending on the kind and quality of media, an article can comprise various components of information:
Pure facts, emotional opinions, optimistic conclusions, concerns, prognoses/expectations, structure of content / meta level information.

The "depropagandizer" box is a transformer which takes a piece of information as input. Inspired by De Bono's 6 thinking hats, it separates the input into the above-mentioned components, which condensate at the inner surfaces of the box (6 colors). Then, upon unfolding, the box presents all components separated but in one structured view, providing much clearer insight in the nature of the text and maybe possible intentions. This allows the user to get a better big picture of the given information.

In a possible implementation, the box is a service behind a smartphone app:
The customer uses the depropagandizer mobile app to capture a newspaper article or an advertisement; the app does OCR and sends the text to the depropagandisation service for processing. After the transformation, the separate components are sent back to the app, which displays the amount of words and the text parts according to the category colors.

The actual "depropagandisation" can either be done by qualified journalists and experts acting in mutual review for objectivity, or maybe by a sophisticated algorithm (artifical intelligence). Depropagandiser would probably be a payed service, payed per transformation, or based on subscription, or funded by advertising.

During tests with some newspaper articles, we found that the categories would problably need to be different from De Bono's categories: For instance, there are hardly any "blue hat" (meta info) and "green hat" (new concepts) parts. On the other hand, it is difficult to categorize citations - following De Bono, other people's views would be "white hat", but that would categorise interviews totally white, while they obviously contain "red hat" (feelings), "yellow hat" (optimistic) and "black hat" (difficulties) parts.

Credits:

Edward De Bono fpr his concept of the 6 thinking hats. The depropagandiser service would probably not use the exact same 6 categories of thinking, but we were obviously inspired by him.

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