Believe Me!

Today’s televised political debates are hardly debates at all. Rather than rational discussion about pressing policy proposals, debates are reduced to two-hour political campaign infomercials at best and outright propaganda at worst. The most effective strategy in this situation is convincing the audience to believe one’s message no matter its veracity. Looking at the 2016 presidential election debates, I created a series of twelve double-sided cards that contain various statements uttered by both candidates and color-coded accordingly. Each phrase is cut in half, beginning on the edge of one card and continuing on its neighbor. By flipping over and recombining certain cards, new statements — some more believable than others — are formed from the halves of each candidate’s dismembered talking points.

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