Daily Mail admits using random headline generator
The Daily Mail has admitted that it has been using an automatic headline generator to create its front pages since 1991.
The Mail’s computer system has kept pace with technology and now takes feeds directly from social networking sites to make sure that it is aware of current fears and prejudices sweeping the nation.
The results are transferred to an outsourcing centre in Mumbai, where sweatshop workers thrash out hasty articles based on the computer’s headlines such as ‘Are working mothers ruining house prices?’ and ‘Have hoodies given Britain’s swans cancer?’.
Editor Paul Dacre added ‘we did try using it to auto-generate the copy too, but nothing it created could quite match up to the right-wing rhetoric that Richard Littlejohn can put out, even when the machine went on a three-day rant about HIV-infected muslims taking all of the country’s top jobs.’
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Posted: May 28th, 2010 by Guest
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