Journalism Professor Charles Seife on His New Book, Virtual Unreality
New York University journalism professor Charles Seife discusses the spread and influence of digital information and his book, Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You So, How Do You Know It's True?
Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads rapidly, affects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. Seife explores the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife describes tools for discerning truth from fiction online.
Charles Seife is the author of Proofiness, Decoding the Universe, Alpha & Omega and Zero, which won the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction book and was named a New York Times Notable Book. A professor of journalism at New York University, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science, New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired, The Economist, and many other publications.