Archive for March 2015

Creating by Algorithm, part 2

Creating by Algorithm, part 2
Last week I wrote about corporations, sports and news outlets, and “authors” who increasingly used computer algorithms to create written content. A few hours after I posted the piece (written, in its entirety, via human, by the way— me) I received an email from the PR representative of a narrative-generating company. And not the company... Read more »

Creating by algorithm: Is the writing on the wall?

Creating by algorithm: Is the writing on the wall?
Beware! Computers are creating the information you read: newspapers (online or otherwise), magazines, websites. News reports, business reports, even books! Sports outlets, especially in smaller markets, routinely use “artificial intelligence” to pump out updates on local games. The LA Times uses a software program to report on everything from the latest earthquake to the latest... Read more »

Pet Parents: Can We Stop Pretending It’s a Thing?

Pet Parents: Can We Stop Pretending It’s a Thing?
Petsmart premiered a new ad campaign during the Oscars. It’s tagline: “Partners in Pethood” “explores how having a pet can be similar to having a child” according to AdAge.com. “The spots showcase different types of Pet Parents, including new owners, overprotective parents,” etc as they throw birthday parties and engage in other over-the-top behavior commonplace... Read more »
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A New Kind of Writer’s Block?

A New Kind of Writer’s Block?
I sit down as usual, boot up my laptop, with every intention to write something. I enter my password, open iTunes for a little music, then open Safari and click on Facebook, you know, just to stay connec— Oh wait, a video of a naked man climbing out of a Buckingham Palace window… It looks... Read more »