Rule by Brainless Algorithm

From today’s edition of The Blunderbuss:

The genius of our digital overlords was confirmed the other day when I commented on a post about the coming labor strife in Major League Baseball. I suggested that the highly publicized squabble between billionaire owners and millionaire players might be a suicide pact, dooming a once beautiful sport. Twitter, ever-vigilant, instantly locked my account, demanded my cell phone number and insisted I retract my comment. I complied, because, well, who cares? Twitter responded by thoughtfully sending me several paragraphs of suicide prevention tips. All of this took less than a minute. The algorithms know it all, and yet know nothing at all.

— Bob Rayner, editor