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Extra! Extra!

December 6, 2016

This week we travel to a future where there is so much fake news that nobody can tell what is real anymore. Are we already there? What happens next?

This week’s guests include:

Amy Webb — Founder of the Future Today Institute, and author of  The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s MainstreamAmy explains that we’ve been here before, how technology is accelerating the pace of fake news, and what keeps her up at night.

Brooke Borel — a science journalist and the author of The Chicago Guide to Fact Checking. Brooke explains what we reporters can learn from science reporters, who’ve dealt with fake news for a while now, and how we can all be better fact checkers.

Enrique Armijo — an associate professor of law at Elon University where he focuses on the media and first amendment issues. He describes his trip to Rwanda, where they tried to crack down on dangerous journalism after the media aided in a genocide.

Some reading from the episode:

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth, and is part of the Boing Boing podcast family. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Diane Kelly, Matt Weller, John Oloier and Caroline Sinders. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.

That’s all for this future, come back next week and we’ll travel to a new one.

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Alarion December 7, 2016 at 2:50 am

Hey, anyone catch the name of that IT vs Scifi podcast? Can’t seem to find it.

Rose December 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

It’s a bit tough to find but here’s the link: http://www.vmware.com/radius/scifipodcast/

Alarion December 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

Thanks so much!

Simon Cox June 16, 2017 at 4:10 am

Any chance you could put together a page of all your podcast recommendations? I’m always listening when on the move, so have forgotten about it (or forgotten the name) by the time I get to write it down. Thanks

Eddie December 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

The idea of people self-segregating themselves into completely independent communities depending on their beliefs reminds me of two sci-fi novels, The City & the City by Chinba Mieville, and Lockstep by Karl Schroeder.

Rose December 12, 2016 at 8:17 am

I really enjoyed the concept behind The City & The City but I didn’t even make the connection between that and this episode, good call!
▹▹ Rose

Tom December 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm


I made a RSS feed for the IT >SCI-FI Podcast if that helps. You should just be able to copy it into your podcatcher and it subscribe to it

Simon Cox June 16, 2017 at 4:08 am

Thanks. RSS rocks.

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