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The Secret History of the Future: From Zero to Selfie

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In 1969, an anthropologist introduced photographs and films to people in Papua New Guinea whoโ€™d never seen themselves represented in media before. It changed their conception of the world. In modern society, social media floods us with imagery at a pace weโ€™ve never encountered before, and powerful video manipulation technology threatens to blur the line between real and fake. Are we the new Papuans, about to be overwhelmed by a wholesale media shift? Guests include: Nathan Jurgenson, Snapchatโ€™s in-house sociologist; Hany Farid, Dartmouth computer science professor.

 

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