Article Discussing The A.R.G.

Posted by Admin Saturday, August 29, 2009 View Comments

On October 6, 2009 at 2 PM PaTruthHack - FlashForwardcific Standard Time, everyone on the planet blacked out at exactly the same time (called the Global Blackout or GBO). During the 2 minutes and 17 seconds that passed, every person experienced a vision of where and what they were doing on April 29, over 6 months later. These visions are deemed by a government task force created to investigate the GBO as FlashForwards.

And thus begins the ABC series named after these visions: FlashForward. Co-created by Blade and The Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer and Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga, the series is slated to premiere on September 24th. But like a few other television and film projects, the series is integrating an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) to promote and build a community around the series. Using Internet videos, live events, original websites, and social networking sites, the FlashForward ARG strives to give players a truly immersive experience.

The game is currently two-pronged, having begun on July 23 with the launching of, a video blog series reporting on the Global Blackout and run by Oscar Obregon, who according to his bio is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of the international bestsellers ‘Parties/Over’ and ‘Fire Sale’. He has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for CurrentTV and the Los Angeles Bulletin, where he won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism award twice, in 1999 and 2001. Obregon is your classic middle-aged film noir journalist with a modern-day twist: he vlogs from what looks like his home office, asking his viewers to help with his investigation. The character is likable and the videos are well-shot and well-written.

The launching of coincided with the beginning of ComicCon 2009, a tactic has been used by several other ARGs including The Fringe ARG of 2008, The Dark Knight ARG of 2007, and The Lost Experience of 2006. Employees of The Mosaic Collective recruited attendees to enter booths with a camera where they could share their FlashForward experiences and explain how they wanted to learn more about them. The idea here is that the more FlashForwards recorded, the more connections can be draw between them, eventually forming a clearer picture (or “mosaic”) of what occurred on April 29, 2010. And Obregon was there to report everything he had seen, even interviewing those who had been asked to participate in mysterious “follow-up interviews”.

The second prong of the game began with the launching last week of, which contains all the data that The Mosaic Collective has gathered thus far as well as the ability for users to create profiles and add their own FlashForwards to the site. It’s a beautifully designed site and very easy to navigate. The soothing music playing throughout can get grating but it adds to the feeling that things may not be as they seem…

…because as Obregon notes, for a government-run project, they sure are putting more focus on the positive FlashForwards for his liking. As of this writing, he’s looking for help decoding an encrypted message he has received from an unknown source. So if you’re ready to jump down the rabbit hole of this game that would be the place to begin.

All in all, this is a very well-designed ARG that has an easy enough entry point (at least so far) for novice players to get involved quickly but a rich enough storyline to challenge veteran players. Because the premise covers every person on the planet, it appeals to a wide player-base and there is a lot of opportunity for player involvement. I only question the inclusion of the Obregon character. Though I enjoy the character and he does function as a connection to the audience, this is the third time in a short period where a reporter character is serving that function (the other two being Harper’s Globe and The
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Perhaps my thoughts can be summed up best by the words of Obregon himself: “Being optimistic and maintaining a healthy sense of skepticism are not mutually exclusive. And being snarky just for the sake of being snarky can distract you from the detail that might help you crack the case.”

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TruthHack Encrypted File Puzzle

Posted by Admin Friday, August 28, 2009 View Comments

Head over too to find 3 locks and a submit button at the bottom.

You get the keyword ""divine" from Jorge story.

You get the keyword "utah" from Edgar's story.

Then head over to to view Josie's story and get the final Keyword "doll"

When you input "divine" in the submit button and click on the unlocked lock you get this puzzle Displays sWcNTtCEGRBau

When you input "doll" you get this puzzle It is a flash file of a '4' that emits a midi sound.

When you input "utah" you get this puzzle

LOS ANGELES – Cosmetic surgeries and fitness centers have attracted widespread criticism after launching marketing campaigns targeting people who saw themselves as overweight in their FlashForwards.

Marketing and advertising watchdog groups have filed complaints against 113 businesses in the past month alone, claiming such advertisements were sexist, predatory, offensive and demeaning.

One cosmetic surgery clinic in LA has been particularly inundated with complaints over billboards featuring a photograph of a naked, overweight woman, accompanied by the slogan: “Can’t face tomorrow? Be beautiful today.”

A spokesperson representing the cosmetic surgery industry in California says the industry has reported a 900% increase in consultations since the Global Blackout. “It’s one of the biggest spikes in business we’ve seen in the history of the field,” he said. “FlashForwards are making us re-evaluate what we want our futures to be. We’re simply giving people information: ‘If you don’t want to look like this six months from now, we can help.’

Another prominent LA gym franchise has also been targeted with complaints after publishing print advertisements targeting teenage girls. However, the gym’s spokesperson insisted the campaign was legitimate and simply catering to a demand.

“America’s in the middle of an obesity crisis,” he said. “Those FlashForwards just confirmed that by sticking a big mirror in front of our faces. Young people are starting to realize weight-loss won’t just happen to them. We’re just kicking them in the butt and asking, ‘You really want to be the same person six months from now?’”

However, many psychologists have also argued that such advertisements were dangerous. One specialist, who specializes in eating disorders in young people, said that such direct and forceful marketing was “abusive.”

“It’s coarse,” she said. “America might be going through a national obesity problem at the moment, but we’re also experiencing a national crisis of self-loathing and depression. Exploiting our fears and FlashForwards to make some money? That’s about as low as you can get.”

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Update From Oscar Obregon's Twitter

Posted by Admin Saturday, August 22, 2009 View Comments

Heads up. Just got contacted by an anonymous source. Seems legit. Says he has info on GBO, has sent encrypted file. More to come my on blog.

Oscar's Twitter Now Open!

Posted by Admin Monday, August 17, 2009 View Comments is now live! The site is still in beta so they are likely still working out some issues. I had some trouble signing up for the site. The site looks like they are putting a lot of effort into this A.R.G. because there is a bunch of interesting features on the site so far. Here are some of them:

About - Has an interesting video on the Mosaic Collective and their purpose.
Weekly - In this section they will be answering questions about the site and highlighting some of interesting FlashForwards.
Patterns - Lists the patterns and related keywords between peoples FlashForwards.

There is a lot more to check out. So head over to to add your own Flashforward.

LOS ANGELES – Psychologists in California have noted an unprecedented demand for counseling services since the events of the Global Blackout.

Dr Marcia Cleggs, spokesperson for the State Board of Psychologist, said that FlashForwards currently accounted for nearly 98 percent of patients’ primary discussion points with psychologists.

“Obviously, people have seen all manner of things in their FlashForwards and psychologists are working hard to help them make sense of it,” said Dr Cleggs. “Some of these things are traumatic but a surprising number of patients are trying to adjust to unexpected turns of fortune as well. It’s often unrecognized that an exciting new job or unexpected inheritance can place patients under the same high level of stress as a more unfortunate situation. We’re helping them cope.”

Dr Cleggs added many patients were people who had no visions whatsoever, but instead only saw darkness, which she referred to as “black visions.” Many have interpreted these as meaning they will be dead by the FlashForward date, which was seen in visions worldwide to coincide with April 29th 2010, 10PM.

However, Cleggs laughed off these theories, adding that she herself had experienced a so-called “black vision.” “Both my husband and I were asleep at the time of the GBO and we didn’t dream anything that night. But this doesn’t mean we’re going to die – it could simply mean we were sleeping 6 months in the future as well. It makes sense.”

There is strong debate amongst neuroscientists about what these so-called “black visions” might mean. Some theorists have noted that while “black visions” have affected people of all ages and backgrounds, they have been particularly prevalent in the elderly and terminally ill.

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International health officials rarely have much to laugh about, but many are apparently amused by persistent theories that pandemics and viruses are behind the Global Blackout. In interviews and media statements across the globe, these same officials have patiently pointed out that if the GBO was indeed a virus, the symptoms have been mild, if not completely non-existent.

All over the world, there have been very few reports — if any — of discernible signs of illness in the wake of the GBO, besides some cases of nausea, disorientation and, in one case, “loss of appetite.” Which is to say, we’re not exactly in SARS or SWINE FLU territory. Scientists agree that the lasting effects on the survivors of the Global Blackout are far more likely to be psychological, rather than physical.

On the internet, however, one the most popular pandemic-related theories was that the GBO was the result of a new strain of virus, which was capable of being activated by external factors like atmospheric conditions.

Scientists have resoundingly debunked this theory. “The only thing contagious about the GBO are these ridiculous ideas about a virus,” argued a prominent health official. However, the claims have been insistent enough that this week, the world health authorities were forced to release a statement stating that the Global Blackout was not a health issue, nor had anything to do with viruses as they were currently defined.

“There is no indication that the phenomenon of the Global Blackout is a condition that is contagious,” one authority said. “Every single person on the planet experienced the same phenomenon. While this experience has been unprecedented, health authorities cannot intervene. There are no symptoms of illness, so we cannot classify the Global Blackout as the result of contagion.”

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New article from Truth Hack

Here’s a hypothetical for you. Say you’re the head of a new government Task Force, which requires the direct and voluntary involvement of, say, roughly seven billion people. How do you convince these people to share their personal stories, not only with you, but also with the entire world?

That’s the nightmare question that faced the Mosaic Collective in the wake of the GBO. Their solution? Enlist the best and the brightest to spearhead the effort. In this case, that meant Intelligence Analyst, Marcie Turoff.

We’ve seen Marcie Turoff in action, interviewing people at Comic-Con and on the promos for the soon-to-be launched, Mosaic Collective Website. She’s a young, attractive and level-headed woman, the one calling for calm and reassuring us that “together, we have a future.”

Clearly, Turoff is a great spokesperson for the Mosaic Collective. Young, brilliant, and a dynamic speaker; she possesses all the skills necessary to rally a global audience behind Mosaic’s cause. In the short time since the GBO, she’s managed to collect stories from people of all walks of life – from Midwestern grandmothers to Tibetan monks. And she’s just getting started.

There are very few things we actually know about Turoff, though one thing stands out. Those who find Turoff’s face familiar may remember her image from the front cover of news magazines as a 16-year old, when she became the second youngest person ever to win a national chess championship. (Bobby Fischer was the youngest.) Even now, at 26, to be working the Mosaic Collective at this level clearly indicates the hallmarks of a child prodigy. Her background as a chess player is also likely to come in handy as she searches for patterns among people’s shared visions.

Exactly how the Mosaic Collective uses Turoff when it finally goes online remains to be seen. But right now — without any official online presence, logos or branding – Marcie Turoff is the Mosaic Collective. This helps everyone. When Turoff asks us, “What did you see?” it seems like genuine, basic human curiosity and concern. You’re compelled to share your story with her.

All of which means, Marcie Turoff may just turn out to be the Mosaic Collective’s greatest asset yet.

New TruthHack.Com Article

Posted by Admin Thursday, August 13, 2009 View Comments

Stanford Wedeck
• Head of Mosaic Task Force
• transferred from D.C. to the Los Angeles Field Office in 2001
• canny investigator

Mark Benford
• Lead Investigator
• former Cleveland cop

Marcie Turoff
• analyst and spokesperson at Comic-Con
• former chess prodigy

I’ve spoken highly of Wedeck on this blog before, and with good reason. Before transferring to the Los Angeles Field Office in 2001, Wedeck was a highly respected member of the Bureau in D.C. His reputation as both a canny investigator and an astute player in the D.C. game is well known throughout this country’s circles of power. And now, he’s brought that same energy and ambition to Los Angeles, and to the formation of the Mosaic Task Force.

Directly under Wedeck is Mark Benford, who’s been given the title of lead investigator within the Mosaic Task Force. A former cop with the Cleveland PD, Benford’s known as a respected workhorse who tends to fly under the radar – a good quality for a Bureau agent.

And then, finally, there’s Marcie Turoff – the young, crackerjack analyst who served as spokesperson for Mosaic at Comic-Con. A former chess prodigy, Turoff’s got a strong background in pattern recognition, which is no doubt why Wedeck chose her to help collect people’s FlashForwards for the Mosaic Collective. After meeting her, I have utter faith that in sifting through the clues of what people saw, she and the rest of her team will be able to draw connections, and fill in the greater mosaic in which we hold a unique piece.

Mosaic’s general approach is an interesting one; in one way they’re offering the public a service – an international clearinghouse to find corroborating information for FlashForwards. At the same time, they’re building a database that could potentially create a a vivid portrait of our collective future – and possibly explain whatever could be behind the GBO itself. It’s not quite open source, but it’s close, and seeing the Bureau embrace a more “web 2.0” approach speaks well of Wedeck’s instincts.

I’ll continue to update you as I find out more about the team at the Mosaic Task Force. In the meantime, you should feel confident that Wedeck has surrounded himself with good people; committed to the getting the same thing we all want – the truth. Nobody else has their eyes on these guys but me – and frankly, I think they’re onto something.


Mosaic Collective

Posted by Admin Wednesday, August 12, 2009 View Comments

Anyone remember the "What Did You See?" commercials that premiered during Lost. Well the images that appeared were of a "coffin, wedding, surfer, baby, children." Now when you head over to and are asked "What did you see?", enter one of the 5 flashes from the commercial to get the corresponding image.

Images from my "Vision."

Truth Hack Comic Con Update

Posted by Admin Saturday, August 8, 2009 View Comments

Oscar Obregon speaks to Mosaic Task Force Agent Mark Benford. We don't learn anything new from this video.

FlashForward's Alternate Reality Game (A.R.G.) has started at This first video introduces us to Oscar Obregon, an award winning investigative journalist. He is on a mission to uncover the truth of the Global Blackout (GBO).

Info from the video.
-The blackout lasted exactly 2 mins and 17 seconds.
-Most peoples consciousness moved forward in time.
-Event occurred at 10 pm (pacific) April 29, 2010.
-The Mosaic Task Force is trying to solve the mystery by asking "what did you see?"
-The collection of peoples FlashForwards is title The Mosaic Collective.

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