We’re back, Flipside Nation!
Galen is back teaching after his sabbatical, but Brian is still on hibernation during his endless winter break. The boys are back for the start of Season 9, and they are great fun to be state employees and not federal ones. This leads to a discussion about what a United States University would look like. The paperwork. The bureaucracy. The sprawling campus in Nevada. What conference would they join? Is Condoleezza Rice the natural for athletic director?
This gives way to a discussion about Max Read’s article in New York magazine about just how much of the internet is fake. Brian assures us that he’s not a bot, which is exactly what a bot would say. But seriously, what does it mean for our culture that metrics are such a definitive part of our media landscape? If so much of our world is built upon the premise that what we’re seeing is real, what does it mean when we have to question all of that? And while there’s a lot about the internet to hate, the maps are pretty solid.
Finally, there’s discussion of the NFL playoffs. Galen’s Colts look good, and Brian’s on the bandwagon. Also, how is it that 74 NBC cameras could not come up with a definitive angle of the double doing?
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How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually