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  1. The Price Of Bias

    We may think of our independent press today as being the result of political awakening and noble efforts by those seeking truth, but that’s not the whole story. University of Chicago economist, Matthew Gentzkow, says we’ve progressed not just because of good intentions, but because of basic economics. Gentzkow explains how advances in printing helped newspapers expand their audience beyond just one political party.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2009/12/podcast_the_cost_of_bias.html

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  2. Blacklisted 73. George Orwell - The Lion & the Unicorn

    This episode of Backlisted was recorded at the Port Eliot Festival. Andy and John are joined by writer and critic, Suzi Feay, TV and radio critic for the Financial Times and Billy Bragg, singer, songwriter and activist and author of The Progressive Patriot and Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World. The book they are discussing is The Lion & the Unicorn: Socialism & the English Genius, first published as a pamphlet by Secker & Warburg in 1941. The podcast ends with a spontaneous singing of Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ – ‘England’s real national anthem’ - led by Billy Bragg.

    https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/73-george-orwell-the-lion-the-unicorn

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  3. The free speech panic: how the right concocted a crisis – podcast | News | The Guardian

    Snowflake students have become the target of a new rightwing crusade. But exaggerated claims of censorship reveal a deeper anxiety at the core of modern conservatism

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2018/aug/10/the-free-speech-panic-how-the-right-concocted-a-crisis-podcast

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  4. Zeynep Tufekci: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | TED Talk

    We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads/details

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  5. The Source Code: William Gibson

    You know who’s read a lot of the work of sci fi author William Gibson? Our new Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood. She spoke with him for about 40 minutes, going in depth on the plots of his books including "The Peripheral," and his forthcoming book "Agency." He also talked about the loss of innocence from learning about a new kind of technology (his was the internet) and his favorite parts of the web (he’s a big fan of Twitter — you can find him @GreatDismal).

    https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/06/tech/source-code-william-gibson

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  6. Cory Doctorow with Edward Snowden: Dystopia, Apocalypse, and other Sunny Futures

    In Walkaway, Cory Doctorow imagines a world in which people are no longer needed by the super-rich and the clever machines that can print all of life’s basic necessities — food, clothing, shelter. The 99% might be obsolete, but they’re not going to take it lying down. They walk away, living on the exhaust stream and stolen code of the default world, surviving threats, and, ultimately, war. Doctorow, co-owner of Boing Boing, Activist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab and special consultant for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be joined virtually by Edward Snowden to discuss dystopian futures and the struggle between the haves and the have-nots in this special LIVE event.

    source: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/05/03/cory-doctorow

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  7. Rebecca Solnit on Hope, Lies, and Making Change - On The Media - WNYC

    Since the election, Bob’s been experiencing some despair. How can he move forward when the future looks so bleak? In an effort to shake him out of this state, we decided he should speak with Rebecca Solnit, author of Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Solnit reminds us that the future is unknowable — and that’s a good thing. Why? Because it creates space for creative intervention. She is impatient with despair, not only because it paralyzes political action, but because the lessons of history teach us that change happens in unexpected and often non-linear ways.

    http://www.wnyc.org/story/rebecca-solnit-hope-lies-and-making-change/

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  8. Here’s What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About Fascism | WIRED

    Want to understand the appeal of fascist regimes? Watch/read science fiction.

    AUTHOR BRUCE STERLING is best known for his futuristic science fiction, but he’s equally comfortable writing about the past. His new novella Pirate Utopia is an alternate history set just after World War I, and takes place in the real-life city of Fiume (now Rijeka), which experienced a brief period as an independent state run by artists and revolutionaries.

    https://www.wired.com/2017/01/geeks-guide-bruce-sterling/

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  9. Anil Dash — Tech’s Moral Reckoning | On Being

    Anil Dash is a technologist, social media influencer, and vocal activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere. He believes that we can all contribute to the humane potential of technology in this moment.

    http://www.onbeing.org/program/anil-dash-tech-s-moral-reckoning/9132

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  10. Why sci-fi and fantasy matter | Minnesota Public Radio News

    Sci-fi and fantasy stories "can short-circuit our assumptions about the world around us," says author Ann Leckie.

    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/12/truths-revealed-in-sci-fi-and-fantasy

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