Originally published January 3, 2021 @ 4:21 pm

Sometimes reading the news, the bullshit gets so think, I can taste it on the back of my tongue. But I need to know what’s going on. I already don’t watch TV – I can’t just stop reading the news also. 

Having been playing with GPT-3 API, I thought how awesome it would’ve been if someone (with better programming skills than mine) came up with a BS filter for the modern age.

Until this happens, here are my rules for ignoring news articles:

  1. The title has a question mark.
  2. The title refers to a list of things.
  3. The title tells you what you must or must not do.
  4. The title claims that everyone is doing this.
  5. The title declares that everyone got something wrong.
  6. The title spans multiple lines.

The Question Mark

If the author had any definitive information for you, the question mark would not have been there.

Lists of Things

This style of writing is usually subjective, biased, and amateurish (like what you’re reading right now). Such articles often are also paid advertisements.

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Karens (of either gender) usually write these articles.

Everyone Does It

The author hopes you’re a large grazing mammal and bets on your strong herd instinct.

Everyone Got This Wrong

The young author discovered a trivial fact of life, misinterpreted it completely, and got somewhat carried away.

Keep It Long

Long titles consisting of run-on sentences are designed to be misleading and are favored by tabloids.

Now, if only I could come up with a regex to filter all of these out…