The TOK exhibition is focused on one of the 35 prompts and three “objects” chosen by the students. This news article could be used as an object. Consider how this article fits the prompts below.

NYT article: “Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation”

“The Times analyzed thousands of videos from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building to understand how it happened — and why. Here are some of the key findings.”

6. How does the way that we organize or classify knowledge affect what we know?

The U.S. political landscape is extremely divided and each side of the Jan 6 debate classifies the events in very different ways. On the face of it, the attack clearly seemed like an attempt to subvert a democratic election, but there is a benefit in TOK from looking at the event from the POV of the Jan. 6 participants.

7. What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge?

The Jan. 6 participants seemed to clearly have a different understanding of the election process (and the legitimacy of the results). Their lack of knowledge certainly had implications for people in the capital building. From the Jan 6. participants POV though, they argue that other people’s ignorance of the “stolen election” has implications as well.

8. To what extent is certainty attainable?

Liberal and conservative news outlets portrayed the Jan. 6 events in very different ways which you could argue makes it somewhat more difficult to attain certainty. Despite the differences in news coverage, you can still argue that certainty is attainable based on the amount of evidence available on Jan. 6 and the days leading up to it.

9. Are some types of knowledge less open to interpretation than others?

The Jan. 6 attack on the capitol definitely shows how some types of knowledge are very open to interpretation.

10. What challenges are raised by the dissemination and/or communication of knowledge?

“Dissemination and/or communication of knowledge” in this prompt could refer to the reporting of this event by the mainstream media or how it was reporting by different individuals / groups on social media. Each type of reporting of the Jan. 6 attack showed significant challenges.