This year marks the 100th anniversary of George Orwell’s birth, and the writer who best explained the power of language on politics would be amazed what can be done with the Internet.
On February 17  a front page news analysis in the New York Times bylined by Patrick Tyler described the global anti-war protests as the emergence of “the second superpower”.
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“…the huge anti-war demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be
Google’s News service is remarkable: and the most astonishing thing about it is that it is generated automatically.
” The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program,” says a note at the foot of each page.
But why stop there? Why not use Perl scripts to generate the copy, too? You don’t need messy human wetware – foul drunken journalists – and it’s much more of an “end-to-end” solution, whatever that may … Read More