Read Across the Aisle is an app that lets users see a variety of viewpoints in an effort to combat political polarization

Although there are a lot of different narratives on what happened during the presidential elections, one that is undeniably true is the fact that we all live in our own bubbles. Clinton supporters and mainstream media were surprised and confused while Trump supporters and a few others were emboldened by his win. Regardless of the feelings, the elections made many of us seek comfort and affirmation in our individual bubbles. News app Read Across the Aisle recognizes the dangers of consuming only specific media sources and decided to create a platform that allows users break out from what they call the ‘filter bubble.'

It is understandable that people go to specific media outlets that align with their viewpoints. However, it is crucial that people break out of their bubble and read articles with different angles. Read Across the Aisle wants to stop people from being so polarized and instead, survey to see what is out there. The platform has the ability to track a user's reading habits to monitor what their political stances are then find other, reliable news sources that vary across the spectrum. Although it may be uncomfortable, it is important to proactively stabilize the current political and social climate.

Even though the internet has helped make information more available, platforms such as social media and online communities have only encouraged us to stay in our bubbles. Although it is a good way to connect with people who are similar to us, it also has contributed to the unstable state of the world. Hopefully utilizing technology like this will not only increase empathy and unity, but also vet what is real and what is fake news.

Read Across the Aisle

Although there are a lot of different narratives on what happened during the presidential elections, one that is undeniably true is the fact that we all live in our own bubbles. Clinton supporters and mainstream media were surprised and confused while Trump supporters and a few others were emboldened by his win. Regardless of the feelings, the elections made many of us seek comfort and affirmation in our individual bubbles. News app Read Across the Aisle recognizes the dangers of consuming only specific media sources and decided to create a platform that allows users break out from what they call the ‘filter bubble.'