Bias is a topic that will always be relevant, but seldom at the forefront of our thoughts. While K-12 education touches on the dangers of unacknowledged news biases, these lessons often do not stick with children into adulthood. Furthermore, we ignore the most basic form of bias we encounter: day-to-day conversation.
Pause invites participants to pick their own path through a story like a choose-your-own-adventure book. From word placement to narrative dead ends, users are forced to confront their own choices and the source of their information. Pause ends with an annotated version of all of the user’s choices with potential evoked biases to emphasize how a simple word choice in a sentence can change one’s perceptions. Pause seeks to encourage people to take a step back in their daily conversations and consider the perspectives of both sides.