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Viewpoint diversity

Master Theory believes the truth emerges within environments that are conducive to more intellectual diversity and a commitment to facts - including the hard ones. That means expanding the narrow set of viewpoints  present in the media monoculture and challenging simplistic narratives that are both unrepresentative of the public and impediments to the truth and a better informed public.


Through forums, interviews, recordings and other events, we believe journalists as influencers of public perception have a responsibility to be present and engage with people in-person as often as possible.


The media has a negativity bias that often ignores or suppresses stories of progress. We want to correct that especially during the current era of enormous accomplishment and potential.


The editorial modus operandi in journalism is a critical interpretation of power that often divides people into good and bad groups. Rather, Master Theory uses a five-part Influence model that challenges us to confront the nuances and paradoxes of the real world in an approachable way.


The United States is not just one place, it's many places inhabited by people of subcultures that are rarely if ever included in what is popularly designated as American culture. We'll confront media stereotypes about Americans and explore the ideas, traditions and lifestyles of people living outside of how culture is often conceived.



Austin sits at one of the most vibrant cultural, geographic, academic and lifestyle intersections in the country. The city is nestled in a wider region

that is more representative of the communities most Americans spend their time and will be indispensible in accurately portraying Texans and Americans generally.


How did things get so bad?


A key reason is the tragic ongoing decline of local news. The public has long trusted local news over any other source. But over the past two decades, local newspapers across the country have shuttered at the expense of a few national digital media companies detached from where Americans spend their time. That detachment holds those companies less accountable to reflecting the truth on the ground. Communities that lost valuable local news sources had little choice than to turn to national digital and cable news whose earnings are precisely derived from appealing to our worst selves. If it feels like all news is opinion nowadays, that's because it's cheaper for media companies to a hire a pundit to talk than it is to pay journalists to report. The result is a politically polarized media landscape that often caricatures our neighbors, reinforces group stereotypes, oversimplifies complex issues and is less reflective of Americans in real life.