Google News has introduced human editors - a step away from the site's supposed superior news-sniffing algorithms. The news aggregation site last week introduced an "Editor's Picks" section. This allows editors from a small number of selected sites choose their own favourite news stories. Google said the change was a small …
So, Google have acknowledged that their systematic and mechanical way of choosing the news may not be the best way; but more importantly, they have discovered that they must engage the news sources themselves, rather than leech off them.
Out of the frying pan...
So Google's pseudo-pagerank for news is being replaced by pseudo-brainrank? Doesn't seem like an improvement. At least if the algorithm listed the Daily Mirror next to the Economist, you forgave it, because it was a dumb machine. I find dumb humans much harder to forgive.
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...at least this would be less subject to topic-gaming by spamware/scareware promulgators.
Qui corriget ipsos redactores ?
(With apologies to Juvenalis.) Everything depends on who gets to choose the so-called «news» to be presented - if the editors of our corporate media, a decent algorithm may well be a better alternative....
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