A Web of Doubt

15:58 minutes

They say you shouldn’t believe everything you read, and that goes double for the Internet. Online, information may be cheap, but it’s also unreliable. You can’t trust the people, you can’t trust the articles, and you can’t even trust Wikipedia! In his book Virtual Unreality, author Charles Seife exposes the shadowy world of the Internet. (Read an excerpt from the book here.)

Segment Guests

Charles Seife

Charles Seife is author of Virtual Unreality (Viking, 2014) and a journalism professor at New York University in New York, New York.

Meet the Producers and Host

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

About Sam Flatow

Sam Flatow is a former production assistant for Science Friday.

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