Some WSU Tri-Cities students are participating in a local interventional art project aimed at exploring the ease, power, and impact of misinformation or fake news.
Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University Tri-Cities, invited students in his Information Structures class to participate in the project of creating and distributing parody news via the Twitter account @nullsetnews.
The project is run through Null Set, a local art collaborative that has taken on several different projects in the last few years, including publishing a magazine. Christenson is the catalyst behind Null Set and curates the fake news posts.
“We’re sending a message that says, ‘Be careful what you read. Make sure you do your research before you share it with others,’” said Daria Naidenov, a WSU student and project contributor.
The public is also encouraged to participate by tweeting to @nullsetnews or using the hashtag #nullsetnews.