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10:28 am, February 18th, 2023 - 27 comments
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I thought that I would get Chat GPT to write 500 words on the Standard and this is what it came up with.
The blog www.standard.org.nz is a left-leaning political blog based in New Zealand. It was founded in 2007 by Lynn Prentice, a software developer and political activist. Over the years, it has become a prominent platform for progressive voices in New Zealand politics.
In the early years of the blog, Lynn Prentice wrote most of the content himself, covering a wide range of political topics. However, as the blog grew in popularity, it began to attract contributions from other left-leaning writers and activists.
One of the defining moments in the history of the blog came in 2008, when the New Zealand Labour Party was defeated in the general election by the National Party. This was a major blow to the left in New Zealand, and many progressive activists and bloggers were left feeling demoralized.
However, Lynn Prentice saw this defeat as an opportunity to reinvigorate the left and build a stronger progressive movement in New Zealand. He used the blog as a platform to engage with other left-leaning activists and to promote progressive ideas and policies.
In the years that followed, the blog became a key player in New Zealand politics, providing a platform for progressive voices and challenging the dominant narratives of the mainstream media. It covered a wide range of political issues, from social justice and environmentalism to economic inequality and workers’ rights.
The blog also became known for its lively comment section, which often featured heated debates and discussions among readers. While the comment section could sometimes be a source of controversy and conflict, it also provided a space for people to express their opinions and engage with others on important political issues.
Over time, the blog continued to evolve and adapt to changing political circumstances. It was a vocal critic of the National Party government led by John Key, which was in power from 2008 to 2016. It also played an important role in supporting the campaign for marriage equality in New Zealand, which resulted in the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in 2013.
In recent years, the blog has continued to be a prominent voice in New Zealand politics, covering issues such as the housing crisis, climate change, and the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also been involved in promoting progressive candidates and supporting left-leaning political parties.
Overall, the history of the blog www.standard.org.nz is a testament to the power of online activism and the importance of alternative media in a democratic society. It has provided a platform for progressive voices to be heard and has played an important role in shaping the political discourse in New Zealand. While it has faced its share of challenges and controversies over the years, it has remained a vital force for change and a powerful voice for the left.
And by way of contrast this is the conclusion of its analysis of the Whaleoil site:
Despite its controversial history, Whale Oil had a significant impact on the New Zealand political landscape. The blog was a powerful voice for the right-wing, and it helped to shape public opinion on a range of issues. However, it also highlighted the dangers of online extremism and the need for responsible journalism and media ethics.
In conclusion, Whale Oil was a highly controversial and influential blog that played a significant role in New Zealand politics for over a decade. While it attracted a large following and had a significant impact on public opinion, it was also criticized for its aggressive and confrontational style, and for its use of controversial tactics. The demise of Whale Oil serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of online extremism and the importance of responsible journalism and media ethics.
Is ChatGPT left wing?
Not left wing, just accurate.
Also scarily good. While the essay on The Standard does repeat some of the same ideas, it is informative and easy to read.
I can see why educators are so concerned. Soon we will not have the people capable of inventing AI because AI has undermined learning…
Skynet, here we come.
Does way too much emphasis on me. I didn't 'found' The Standard. I got drafted into supporting the site technically. Still chained to that role.
I didn't write posts for quite a while after startup, and over the last 15 years, 6 months, 3 days since the site started, I have only managed to publish 962 posts.
Roughly one every 6 days (and a lot less recently). Although I see I have now done 23,812 of the 1,823,077 approved comments on the site.
Mostly I write lot of code rather than the lots of political posts and comments. My demanding critics are the build pipelines, colleagues in whatever agile team I'm in, and the customers of my employers.
Whereas Mickey has published 2450 posts in 8 years. Nearly as many as Anthony R0bins, who published 1889 over 6 years – and 605 as r0b over 2 years earlier! Eddie published 1434 in 6 years.
There are a lot of authors who wrote about half my posts in just a few years. weka with 436. advantage with 439, all your base with 687, the inflammatory IrishBill with 535.
There are 89 authors who have published posts on the site. Some only a few, and as you can see some wrote quite a lot.
By really the site runs mostly on the commenters and the moderators who spend endless hours making sure that the comments section doesn't go toxic. Without them the site isn't alive and most of the authors wouldn't bother to write without clear feedback.
Good stuff, LP. We commenters are truely grateful for the initial and continuing work you do.
But, despite your humility our new overlord, the AI chatbot, has apparently gathered all it needs to know and has placed yourself at the centre of proceedings.
Would loved to have seen our new overlord, the AI chatbot, mention @mickeysavage because his tireless contribution to this forum keeps it relevant, ongoing, and away from the rabbit hole.
Is that true? I was under the impression that there were a range of authors in the early years.
2007 archives suggest not…unless Lynn wrote under multiple pseudonyms
I have only used two. lprent and AncientGeek. The latter was mostly been used for testing, and I have written some comments with it. Mostly back in 2007/8. I was using lprent for moderating then.
Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs…
Sorry no Trojans here. I believe you can find some in our local space.
As one of the founders I can say that the fact that the Standard is still going and relevant is pretty well entirely due in various ways to Lynn and Mickey Savage, as well as the moderators and commenters. Huge thanks are due to all.
No. Think of it like a glorified search engine. It has no understanding of what it is writing, and likely it has simply taken existing articles that people have written about these blogs on the internet and synthesized them into a new document with excellent prose and grammar.
See the timestamp in this video, by a computer scientist on the topic of ChatGPT writing malware: https://youtu.be/L9w_k2ypRr0?t=360
Yes. It appears to be good at a fairly conventional and in the end rather trite synthesis of publicly available sources. As you say, it produces unobjectionable prose and grammar. Inevitably, the content is also quite dull and uninteresting. That is because the processes by which it works make originality impossible – it has no 'mind'. Best seen as as a very good plagiarism tool. It will be popular due to us deciding that education is solely a private good and university students should pay massive fees – placing enormous pressure on them to get a return on that 'investment'. In the end, we can blame the neolibs for many forms of depravity.
In the case of say journalists will anyone other than they themselves care however?
I'd guess not. In some ways it's actually useful – a sophisticated search engine that gives you a potted summary of its hits, rather than just a list of things to waste your time on and make you lose the will to live. The mistake will always be to trust it.
I imagine those looking for cost savings in the prose industries will be quite willing to trust it….and in most instances the audience will be unbothered.
Perhaps we should be bothered, but history suggests we largely will not.
Interesting experiment in what you moot right here:
Interesting. The question that comes to mind is – how could the rabbi detect its deficiencies and his audience could not? Was it simply that he knew it had been produced by ChatGP and set out to look for issues – while his audience though it had been produced by a (presumably trusted) rabbi and set out to look for spiritual nourishment? Or is it something more objective – that the rabbi just knows a whole lot more than his audience about the subject and what has been written on it?
Of course, "wise, smart, thoughtful individuals" have written stuff on this topic. What is interesting is that ChatGPT's effort must have given more weight to these serious sources than to the mountain of dross that is no doubt also available. Some sophisticated weighting of this sort has to be a core component of its rule-base. All we really need is for Elon to buy it and twist its rule-base to favour right-wing, libertarian sources over all others.
The TS URL is incorrect, twice.
The verb “things” in the title is funny and clearly not written by a chatbot.
Yep the heading is my mistake, now corrected. The URL is Chatbot’s interesting that it should do this.
ChatGPT is good at constructing plausible sounding language but it does not "think" symbolically or really have a category of "fact".
It should be retitled: What ChatGPT Has "Learned" The Internet Says About The Standard.
I have thought that The Standard benefits from a fair but fairly sensitive moderation policy; in contrast to say Kiwiblog which appears to operate a moderation policy of "if it is not illegal then it is OK" Rather than comparing with WhaleOil I would be more interested in the ChatPPT on thebfd which appears to be the successor to WhaleOil. Is calling Kiwiblog and thebfd the Sewer and the Cesspit unfair?
I'm looking forward to ChatBot and other AI systems putting an ever-greater premium on human writers generating more concise, creative, compelling prose analysis of politics.
AI writing is a washing machine or Electrolux mower. We've needed it, especially in social media.
Hopefully it kills off the political biography permanently.
I only have fears for the boorish and mediocre, not for the likes of Chauncey Devega or Heather Digby Parton.
Ran it through GPTZero:
FWIW, I found this very interesting;
He appears knowledgeable and a good communicator.
I KID YOU NOT…
I thought I'd take a leaf from Mickey Savage's book and asked ChatGPT who Christopher Luxon is. This is an unedited response. So, to all those who say Chat GPT isn't intelligent, I suggest you check out the prediction it is making…
who is christopher luxon?
Christopher Luxon is a business executive and former politician from New Zealand. He is perhaps best known for his role as the former CEO of Air New Zealand, one of the country's largest and most prominent companies. Luxon joined Air New Zealand in 2011 and served as CEO from 2013 to 2019, during which time he oversaw a period of significant growth and expansion for the airline.
Prior to his time at Air New Zealand, Luxon worked in a variety of senior management roles at Unilever, a multinational consumer goods company. In 2020, Luxon announced that he would be running for a seat in the New Zealand Parliament as a member of the National Party, and he was subsequently elected to represent the Botany electorate in the 2020 general election. However, he resigned from politics in 2021 and returned to the private sector, where he is widely expected to continue playing a prominent role in New Zealand's business community.
One of the best things about The Standard is that nutters and trolls seldom get on here to vent their delusions on everyone else. The standard of debate is usually quite high – in contrast to The Daily Blog where delusional hysteria rules the roost.
I think we all harbour a delusion or two, deep down inside, as it is somewhat of a spectrum, IMO – call me delusional. Most of us tend to keep quiet about those and some are not even aware they have them. The problem is not so much the delusion per se but how well (as in: successfully) or poorly one can argue for it here and in good faith [no pun].
Chatbots, on the other hand, don’t have illusions or delusions. They lack a contextual framework, understanding, purpose, and intention. They are highly sophisticated auto-complete algorithms without fact-checking, and literally mindless brute-force number crunchers that predict the most likely next word in the sentence/sequence.