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Anatomy of a Moral Panic
Maciej Ceglowski unpacks a bizarre case of journalistic malpractice: "The real story in this mess is not the threat that algorithms pose to Amazon shoppers, but the threat that algorithms pose to journalism. By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks, not giving them time to check or contextualize their reporting, and requiring them to race to publish follow-on articles on every topic, the clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama. This is particularly true for technical topics outside the reporter’s area of expertise."
journalism  algorithms  maciejceglowski  amazon 
november 2017 by warnick
Paul Ford reminds us that using Twitter is like moving into a free hotel
"There is one problem which you think they’d solve, which is that anyone can walk into anyone else’s room and scream at them. I know you’re thinking, 'just lock the doors,' but there aren’t any locks and they are apparently very expensive to install. Management says they’re working on it."
paulford  twitter  advertising  socialmedia  algorithms 
february 2016 by warnick
How will near future writing technologies influence teaching and learning in writing?
Bill Hart-Davidson: "We can imagine a different sort of role for technology to play in teaching and learning if we work at it. Rather than trying to create machines that read (or write) like humans, we can instead create systems that give humans a chance to focus more on how we might improve as writers and communicators. What would these look like?"
billhartdavidson  algorithms  writing  machinescoring 
november 2015 by warnick
"You provide the words. WriteLab responds. WriteLab analyzes your prose to deliver customized feedback — observations, compliments, and suggestions." (I'm very skeptical about these automated feedback systems, but at least this one has a past-president of the CCCC on its team.)
writing  software  feedback  algorithms  edtech 
november 2015 by warnick
How Facebook’s Algorithm Suppresses Content Diversity (Modestly) & How the Newsfeed Rules the Clicks
Zeynep Tufekci explains what Facebook's recent Science article really means: "[T]his study confirms that for this slice of politically-engaged sub-population, Facebook’s algorithm is a modest suppressor of diversity of content people see on Facebook, and that newsfeed placement is a profoundly powerful gatekeeper for click-through rates. This, not all the roundabout conversation about people’s choices, is the news."
facebook  algorithms  socialmedia  research  politics  digitalrhetoric 
may 2015 by warnick
Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty
Eric Meyer's heartbreaking explanation of why Facebook's "Year in Review" feature is a bad idea: "I know, of course, that this is not a deliberate assault. This inadvertent algorithmic cruelty is the result of code that works in the overwhelming majority of cases, reminding people of the awesomeness of their years, showing them selfies at a party or whale spouts from sailing boats or the marina outside their vacation house. But for those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year."
ericmeyer  facebook  algorithms  socialmedia 
january 2015 by warnick
If you don’t like algorithmic filters, you’re probably not going to like the future of Twitter
Matthew Ingram: "The ironic thing about Twitter is that even though many (including me) complain about the difficulty of plowing through all those tweets and finding the signal, we very much want to be the ones doing the filtering, rather than having it done by a faceless algorithm. The whole point of having a social network in the first place is that the people you choose to follow are the algorithm. Flawed, perhaps, but human, and therefore somehow wonderfully unpredictable."
gigaom  matthewingram  twitter  algorithms 
november 2014 by warnick
Can an algorithm tell us who influenced an artist?
The Washington Post: "The software scans digital images of paintings, looking for common features — composition, color, line and objects shown in the piece, among others. It identifies paintings that share visual elements, suggesting that the earlier painting’s artist influenced the later one’s."
washingtonpost  art  digitalhumanities  algorithms  software 
november 2014 by warnick
How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism
Readers are getting less of their news directly from news sites and more of it through Facebook: "The shift raises questions about the ability of computers to curate news, a role traditionally played by editors. It also has broader implications for the way people consume information, and thus how they see the world."
news  journalism  facebook  algorithms 
october 2014 by warnick
The Grid
"AI websites that design themselves." Not sure I would ever want such a thing, but this is an interesting trend.
webdesign  cms  personalweb  digitalself  algorithms 
october 2014 by warnick
Hemingway Takes the Hemingway Test
Ian Crouch, in The New Yorker: "The Hemingway app is fun to experiment with, and it’s useful in that it calls out in your writing places of friction—allowing you to decide whether they are necessary or merely sloppy. No one is above clarity. And the app, based on the experience of running examples of my own writing through it today, is, like a good editor, attuned to the places where vanity seems to be getting the better of things. But do we want to write like Hemingway? Or, better, did Hemingway really write like Hemingway?"
iancrouch  newyorker  writing  algorithms  4c15 
july 2014 by warnick
Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?
Adrian Chen reviews Tweetcred, a “real-time, web-based system to assess credibility of content on Twitter.”
adrianchen  newyorker  twitter  credibility  algorithms 
july 2014 by warnick
The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World
George Dvorsky: "The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant."
algorithms  4c15 
july 2014 by warnick
The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world
Marcos Otero, on Medium: "I’m going to try to explain in this post what an algorithm is and which are the real 10 (or maybe more ) algorithms that rule our world."
algorithms  mediumdotcom  4c15 
july 2014 by warnick
Rage Against the Algorithms
The Atlantic: "Algorithms, driven by vast troves of data, are the new power brokers in society, both in the corporate world as well as in government. They have biases like the rest of us. And they make mistakes. But they’re opaque, hiding their secrets behind layers of complexity. How can we deal with the power that algorithms may exert on us? How can we better understand where they might be wronging us?"
atlanticmonthly  algorithms  bigdata  onlinereviews 
october 2013 by warnick

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