You may have heard about this teen wizkid who built a mobile app, called Summly, that cuts down news content, and was purchased by Yahoo! I think this child prodigy deserves points for crafting the clever name, that is, in fact, a dysfunctional adverb. Makes me feel warmly inside.
The attention span of the average adult today is shorter than his dick, and this genius comes along to chop it down even further, with the assumption that only the important facts need to be presented. I miss old-school journalistic AP style writing, where you take facts out of context, sprinkle distorted public opinion, and publish it with a catchy headline.
Summly, and all technology like it, creates a perfect formula for a confused, misguided, misinformed, shortsighted public, so, really, I don’t see it causing any more damage than has already been done.
The cornerstone of Summly is that it cuts out from articles what it deems as important. I wonder how one can arrive at this insightful conclusion at the enlightening age of seventeen. A kid, who thinks he knows what’s important to others, can’t even walk into a titty bar, and see what really matters.
In the cited article, Nick D’Aloisio, the app-boy wonder, was paraphrased as saying, the core of the application is a statistical analysis that guesses. I’d like to repeat that: an analysis that guesses. The whole thing is an oxymoron, and Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, believes this is the kind of person they need to bring aboard to save the business that is behind on the technological advances of the new millennium.
As if things at Yahoo! weren’t bad enough, now we’re going to see this genius’s influence for years to come. I’m guessing three, and then Yahoo! will once again seek more angel investors, which is a strange coincidence, as Nick believes that’s what he may just do with the paycheck Yahoo! cut him for contributing to the twenty-first century psychological catastrophe waiting to happen; nobody with the ability to pay attention to anything.
I’m not one to delve too deep into mind control, but I know that, if people stop paying attention to details, and what interests them, by letting somebody else tell them what’s important, then things can go awry.