Inside the newsroom: Let's talk journalism, pollution and the Olympics

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  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Nov. 18, 2018 7:04 a.m.

    Algorithms writing sports stories? This is outrageous!

    This issue is remeniscent of the old Buddhist parable of the empty boat:

    A young farmer was covered in sweat as he paddled his boat up the river to deliver his produce to the village. As he looked ahead, he saw another vessel heading rapidly downstream. He rowed furiously to get out of the way, but it didn't seem to help. He shouted to the other vessel to change direction, to no avail. The vessel hit his boat with a violent thud. He cried out, "You idiot! How could you manage to hit my boat in the middle of this wide river?" As he glared into the vessel, he realized that night one was there. He had been screaming at an empty vessel that had broken free of its moorings and floated downstream with the current.

    Having algorithms write news stories is no different than screaming at an empty boat. Both exercises are completely fruitless.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2018 10:19 p.m.

    Personally I would have liked more information about polution and the new inland port the state is planning on building.p in the Salt Lake Valley.

    It is my feeling the Deseret News did not handle it sufficiently.