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Rage against a machine

tl;dr Robots can’t write and apps that check your writing are shit. I caught a snippet of a piece on BBC Breakfast this morning (19 June) about two human debaters holding a debate against a machine. According to a journalist who was in the room* “the machine lacked...

Sad day for journalism and our town – the end of the Oldham Chron

Deborah Wroe It was a desperately sad day for journalism and our town, and of course the 49 staff who lost their jobs, when the news broke on 31 August that The Oldham Chronicle had gone to print for the last time that day after an incredible 163 years and was now in...

Sexism in advertising

By Deborah Wroe The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a new report – Depictions, Perceptions and Harm – which provides an evidence-based case for stronger regulation of ads that feature stereotypical gender roles or characteristics which might be...

Failure is not an option, or is it?

By Deborah Wroe Given the news overload of late you may have missed the announcement in early June of a new museum in Sweden dedicated to all things failure. The world’s first Museum of Failure is the brainchild of Dr Samuel West, an organisational psychologist. The...

You can’t handle the truth

I got an email the other day from a business I last used 6 months ago. It was only a couple of lines and was seeking feedback on their services. It literally said can you tell us what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. I thought good for them in seeking...

Buy cheap buy twice

By Deborah Wroe We’ve all heard buy cheap buy twice right? But we all still do it. Take Black Friday as an example. It shouldn’t even be a thing here. It’s traditional in the US as the day following Thanksgiving and we don’t (yet) have Thanksgiving here. But Black...

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