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MSN Weighs in on "Surprising Mormon Beliefs You Didn’t Know Were Real"

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46 minutes ago, Benjamin McGuire said:

AI generated. Not written.

I had suspected that, but there is a byline:


Surprising Mormon Beliefs You Didn’t Know Were Real

Story by Carissa Moore 5h





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As superficial exposure to media, and other similar sources, largely make up some of our most global assumptions about the world, this would be a good time to review over what Michael Crichton termed “Gell-Mann Amnesia”:



“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray [Gell-Mann]’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”



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21 hours ago, Benjamin McGuire said:

This isn't an MSN story. Almost everything actually produced by MSN is written by AI - they have been cutting the MSN news team and replacing them with AI since 2020.

That being said, the article is posted under the brand History All Day. History All Day is a brand of Dicido. Dicido is a click-bait publisher that focuses on the use of AI to generate ad revenue. They publish under seven brands, and Carissa (who is new enough at the company to not have a bio on their website yet) is listed as an editor for all seven different brands. She provides content for all of the different sites. She is an editor of AI generated content. This article may not be created from scratch by AI, but it is almost certainly produced using AI. If you read through much of the description of the technology they use and the job descriptions for the people they employ, you will see that a huge part of their effort is to repurpose content - either old content from their collected library of material, or existing material that they find elsewhere. They have a tier of people that purchases cheap content, get it edited, and then put it out with targeted advertising. This company fits the essential definition of providing click-bait. At any rate, the job of the editor in this situation is to take existing material, run it through a customizing algorithm to make it more appealing to the target audience, add some images they find (and we can see the strange assortment of slides), and then make sure it is reasonably grammatically correct and push it out. They pay MSN to get it highlighted there, and they collect ad revenue.

Local man comes up with one weird trick to identify AI written drivel, click-bait companies hate it

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22 hours ago, blackstrap said:

re : gambling. Despite not encouraging gambling , the Church has little to say about members working in casinos in Vegas. 

Not sure why they would.  That level of control is unnecessary.  Otherwise then they have to say something about working in a brewery, doing sales for Victorias Secret , working at CVS where transgenders purchase makeup, attending colleges that sell beer on campus - I mean you can see how ridiculous this gets. 

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On 8/29/2023 at 3:56 PM, Judd said:

As superficial exposure to media, and other similar sources, largely make up some of our most global assumptions about the world,

If anyone is looking around to see who qualifies for this statement, they’ll have to look beyond me. I think I gave up on main stream media about 20 years ago. Probably about 80% of my headline making news comes from social media citizen journalists who are broadcasting live from site or other.  

That, and I get the same newsfeed that news commentators get when they’re preparing their daily program.

iId like to see some sort of nationwide poll or study to see where people actually are getting their news from these years. I know recent studies talk about how I think majority of people just don’t believe network television news anymore.

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