Game of Thrones as a metaphor for American politics

Umm, no. Game of Thrones is a narrative created solely to capture and manipulate the attention of the viewer, focusing on the shocking and unexpected violations of norms. That’s not American politics. That’s American media. Except the part where Samwell Tarly suggests a democracy and everyone laughs at the idea. That part was relevant.

Can AI write good articles?

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I asked an artificial intelligence to write an article. It wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t completely awful, either. If you’re a writer, machines are nipping at your heels; it’s time to work on your creativity. Machines have been writing articles for years — but only in formulaic settings. For example, you won’t be shocked … Continued

Fakery is coming. We’re not ready.

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I’m going to share some tweets with you. I’ll tell you who wrote them in a moment. “Today I’m announcing an important partnership that has the potential to transform America’s foreign policy – it comes from the heart!” “I am pleased to announce our new alliance with North Korea. Kim Jong Un and I are … Continued

Hey, NBC, no one wants “Shoppable TV”

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Part of my job is to save you from making the same mistakes I made. In this case, that’s believing that anyone wants to shop by clicking on what they see on their TV set, as NBC is hoping they will. My interactive TV predictions I was the Forrester analyst focused on television technology for … Continued

Why it matters that high-profile bigots no longer have a safe harbor on Facebook

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Facebook and Instagram have banned these hateful people as “dangerous” individuals: Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, and Paul Joseph Watson. Opponents of bigotry are cheering. But it’s time to look deeper into what this ban means for the platform. I will not shed a tear for any of these people. … Continued

There are six PR people for every reporter. So change your strategy.

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Bloomberg reports that, according to the U.S. Census, as of 2018, there are 6.4 PR people for every journalist. Reporters will tell you what that means for their inboxes. Thousands of pitches falling on the floor. Constant pestering. And waste. So much waste. You can lament this trend (and the loss of media is a … Continued

Did The New York Times adequately apologize for its anti-Semitic cartoon?

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The international print version of The New York Times published a political cartoon caricaturing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog leading a blind Donald Trump in a yarmulke. That was pretty dumb. Its apologies aren’t helping much, because they don’t address what appears to be a pernicious blind spot on the Times’ Opinion … Continued

Why is Tony Robbins pathetically begging me for SEO links?

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I was amused when the organization of Tony Robbins, famous motivational speaker, asked me for a web link to boost his SEO, because I’m a human who tends to do perverse things when you treat me like a machine. Here’s the email I received: Subject: You Mentioned Tony Robbins [Thank you] From: Ignite Visibility <Ignite@tonyrobbins.com> … Continued