How Futurama’s 31st-Century Technology Illustrated Today’s Changing Media Landscape

By Adrienne LaFrance

Good news, everyone! Journalism is still going to be around 1,000 years from now.

It will be, at least, if the next millennium is anything like the world imagined by Futurama, the beloved animated television series set to end Sept. 4 after airing off and on since 1999.

The show chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a twentysomething pizza delivery guy who accidentally cryogenically freezes himself in 1999, then wakes up in the year 3000. Its real-life run (including a period off-air between 2003 and 2010) covered a period of enormous upheaval in the journalism industry. Futurama serves …read more


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