Monday, September 25, 2006

Of Moose And Men

A while ago, some brainiac figured out a way for news content like AP wire stories to be posted automatically to web sites. That's great, but then when nobody bothers looking at the stuff, you get strange mistakes like this one from WRGB:
What's a couple of moose between friends?This is what happens when two minutes after filing a story, some editor at AP notices that they've got the wrong number of moose (mooses?) and shoots out another version. The newspaper doesn't print both stories and the radio stations don't read both on the air, but the web-bot in the server? It doesn't know the difference and posts them both to the web site, making you appear very, very stupid. Automatic is good; automatic without editing, not so great.