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True Crime Live Podcasting In Fiction

Today, it seems almost routine for ordinary individuals to do what only a few privileged professional reporters could do - create one-to-many content on any subject, and even make it available live.

The idea of a remote reporter (who could be an ordinary person) able to immediately conduct a live broad cast has significant history in science fiction. Consider the True-vu lenses from Earth (1990) by David Brin, fido from Riders of the Purple Wage (1967) by Philip Jose Farmer and the Newstaper Gear from Flash Crowd (1972) by Larry Niven.

In his 1939 story Newscast, Harl Vincent described what it might look like:

Dropping into his cubby off the front trench, the reporter checked the focus of his telephoto lens through the periscope at the top of which it was mounted. The image it projected on the plate of the pickup tube was perfect.


(Newscast by Harl Vincent)

He swung the periscope around, sweeping the Rebel's front lines and the narrow strip of pock-marked land which lay between the two lines. If this is what the newscast public wanted, let them have it...

...He had never quite gotten over the thrill of knowing that, all over the world, millions were seeing the results of his camera work and hearing the yells and rumblings of guns, the shrieking and detonations of shells which were picked up by his banks of microphones.
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