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The History of the Future

English, Cultural, 1 seasons, 7 episodes, 5 hours 20 minutes
In an era when the only constant is change, Mark Little and Ellie Payne take us on a journey along the fault-line of media, democracy, and technology, to find the thinkers and doers who can restore belief in a better tomorrow. A six-part podcast series brought to you by the Schuler Democracy Forum in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Each episode brings together arts and humanities researchers and media practitioners and theorists to discuss the critical themes around how we navigate the future.
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Episode 6: Agency

Can we be better digital citizens? In the concluding episode, we reflect on a theme that emerges throughout the series: the power of the individual. We return to our conversation with Sophia Smith Galer to discuss accountability and digital footprints. We learn about the confidence mindset with Ian Robertson. And finally, we talk about the importance of engaging critically with media and technology with Jennifer Edmond. Sophia Smith Galer is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and TikTok creator with over 130 million views. She is a Senior News Reporter for VICE World News, a Visiting Fellow at Brown University, and the author of Losing It: Sex Education for the 21st Century (2022). Ian Robertson is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, where he previously founded the Institu
15/03/202339 minutes 33 seconds
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Episode 5: Freedom

How do you future-proof freedom of speech? In this episode, Karlin Lillington helps us to navigate the changing digital environment shaping freedom of expression since the early days of the internet. We find out more about the origins, evolution, and practices of cancel culture with Eve Ng and we discuss the dangers of selective application of the principle of Free Speech with Jacob Mchangama.Karlin Lillington is a columnist with the Irish Times focusing on technology, with a special interest in its political, social, business and cultural aspects. She has also written for The Guardian, New Scientist,, and, served on the board of RTÉ, and is the chairperson of New Music Dublin. She holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin.Eve
10/03/20231 hour 8 minutes 55 seconds
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Episode 4: Identity

Does the age of identity mean the end of community? In this episode, we find out about how media has shaped identities, created communities, and fractured and polarised societies in the past with Adrian Bingham. We discuss all things TikTok with Sophia Smith Galer and ask how the media can reinvent itself in a world of radical decentralisation. We talk to Leon Diop about their experience of identity and working to build community from the ground up.  Adrian Bingham is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Sheffield and has written extensively on the popular press, gender and sexuality. His works include Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain (2004); Family Newspapers? Sex, Private Life and the British Popular Press 1918-1978 (2009); and United KIngdom (2022).Sophia Smith G
01/03/202356 minutes 43 seconds
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Episode 3: Fear

How do we find the right kind of fear? In this episode, we talk about horror stories and what we are scared of with Bernice Murphy. We discuss the effect fear has on the brain with Ian Robertson, and we examine the relationship between the media and fear with Bruce Shapiro.Bernice Murphy is Associate Professor in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She has published extensively on topics related to American Gothic and horror fiction and film, including The California Gothic in Fiction and Film (2022); The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009); and The Highway Horror Film (2014). She was also academic consultant to The Letters of Shirley Jackson (edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman, 2021). Ian Robertson is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute and Emeritus Professor of Psych
21/02/202357 minutes 52 seconds
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Episode 2: Truth

How do we navigate the age of information overload? In this episode, we learn about polluted information systems, bad actors, and the importance of community with Claire Wardle. We also discuss truth and how we decide what to believe with Julian Baggini. Claire Wardle is Professor of the Practice and co-founder and director of the Information Futures Lab at Brown University. She is considered a leader in the field of misinformation, verification and user-generated content, co-authoring the foundational report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. Julian Baggini is the author, co-author, and/or editor of over 20 books, including A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-truth World. He is also the co-founder of The P
14/02/20231 hour 56 seconds
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Episode 1: Future

Why are we so bad at predicting the future? In this episode, we talk to Jennifer Edmond about our failure to understand the future, the pros and cons of technology, and why imagination is the key to a better tomorrow.Jennifer Edmond is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin and a former Director of DARIAH-EU. She is an internationally recognised expert in the application of arts and humanities insight to academic and societal challenges arising at intersection of information and communication technologies and culture.   Clips from show: This Is Marshall McLuhan - The Medium Is The Massage (1967) Bowie speaks to Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight (1999)
07/02/202335 minutes 15 seconds
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Introducing The History of The Future

Mark Little and Ellie Payne take us on a journey along the fault-line of media, democracy, and technology, to find the thinkers and doers who can restore belief in a better tomorrow.
26/01/20231 minute 38 seconds