“Writers, remember: the more we play the algorithmic game, the more the algorithmic game plays us.”

“Writers, remember: the more we play the algorithmic game, the more the algorithmic game plays us.”

James Shelley notes that most articles today are written for algorithms — search engine and social media optimization. The goal of that writing is to maximize search engine placement and get a lot of “likes.”

It’s fine to use algorithms like that, he says. But we need to do it consciously, and be aware of how it’s shaping discourse for good or ill.

I say that as writers we need to also be aware…

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