Elected officials offer a flood of facts and spin in daily coronavirus briefings. On this week’s On the Media, hear how the press could do a better job separating vital information from messaging. Plus, a look at the unintended consequences of armchair epidemiology. And, how one watchdog journalist has won paid sick leave for thousands of workers during the pandemic.
1. Bob [@bobosphere] on the challenges of covering the pandemic amidst a swirl of political messaging. Listen.
2. Ivan Oransky [@ivanoransky], professor of medical journalism at New York University, on the rapidly-changing ways that medical scientists are communicating with each other. Listen.
3. Ryan Broderick [@broderick], senior reporter at Buzzfeed News, on "coronavirus influencers." Listen.
4. Judd Legum [@JuddLegum], author of the Popular Information newsletter, on pressing large corporations to offer paid sick leave. Listen.
5. Brooke [@OTMBrooke] on the cost-benefit analysis being performed with human lives. Listen.
It’s election season in America, which means terrible racist memes shared by people you hate. In that spirit, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Ryan Broderick (@broderick), Buzzfeed’s Deputy Editor of Global News, about his recent article on how American tech companies radicalised the world. We talk about his experience reporting on the Brazilian elections, why Jair Bolsonaro wants to kill bandits, and how the future looks an awful lot like rich people reading the Economist and everyone else listening to Joe Rogan.
You can read Ryan’s article here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-facebook-elections
During the episode, Ryan referenced a David Wong article for Cracked, which you can read here: http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/
Also, remember that your favourite moron lads have a Patreon now. You too can support us here: https://www.patreon.com/trashfuture/overview
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In the grand randomly timed tradition of Internet Explorer, we're back! This time, Katie and Ryan discuss how not even Facebook understands how it works anymore, what's wrong with Gushers, and Ryan maybe turns GamerGate. Then the inimitable Cates Holderness brings us 5 things that are actually still good on the internet. One of those things you must see to appreciate so here it is: http://moehistory.tumblr.com/Lastly, we've got a great excerpt from BuzzFeed News' latest podcast, THE NEWS where Ryan talks Instagram self-care with reporters Rachael Krishna and Ellie Hall. If you miss Katie and Ryan's dulcet tones, you can often catch them on The News so make sure you subscribe! Aside from sexy anime Hitler (a.k.a. Julia) Agerenesh Ashagre produced this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ok, Katie and Ryan didn't actually eat the Tide pods, but they discuss predictions for 2018 with their best friend and yours, Cates Holderness. There's some reflecting, a bunch of predictions, but mostly a lot of marveling on the delicious wonder of Tide Pods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices