|Two Is Better Than One|
The "new" entity which is now slowly but surely appearing through the fog of war, the smog of Oil-Qaeda, and the blur of surprising, but quickly approaching, news automation.
More about that below, but first the background.
From the time Dredd Blog first laid "eyes" on MOMCOM several years ago, in MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen, many have also been surprised when they first lay eyes on this ubiquitous, shadowy, and mysterious entity.
The main reason I add the "2.0" description today is because our learning is increasing, rather than it being exclusively because MOMCOM is going through an inordinate morph.
The "M" in MOMCOM is the military, which we know is an internationally placed entity with military, intelligence, and other bases and/or installations in hundreds of nations around the globe (The Virgin MOMCOM - 8).
Originally the "O" in MOMCOM was simply big oil companies, which we thought at first were American companies.
Since then we have learned that their machinations around the world are terroristic in nature, so now the "O" in MOMCOM 2.0 is "Oil-Qaeda" (see e.g. Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment and MOMCOM: The Private Parts - 4).
And now the second "M" in MOMCOM, McTell News (the media), is going into automation:
Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. Nor would it dwell on the fact that this potentially job-killing technology was incubated in(Automated News, Wired, emphasis added). The M's in MOMCOM are becoming automated via flying drones and via news writing computer software, even as Oil-Qaeda says it is going to be getting all its oil from "oil independent America", which is probably artificial intelligence created news too.
part at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Those ironies are obvious to a human. But not to a computer.
And Now For Some Breaking News
Every 30 seconds or so, the algorithmic bull pen of Narrative Science, a 30-person company occupying a large room on the fringes of the Chicago Loop, extrudes a story whose very byline is a question of philosophical inquiry. The computer-written product could be a pennant-waving second-half update of a Big Ten basketball contest, a sober preview of a corporate earnings statement, or a blithe summary of the presidential horse race drawn from Twitter posts. The articles run on the websites of respected publishers like Forbes, as well as other Internet media powers (many of which are keeping their identities private). Niche news services hire Narrative Science to write updates for their subscribers, be they sports fans, small-cap investors, or fast-food franchise owners.
And the articles don’t read like robots wrote them ...
We took a nibble at that probability in the recent post (The Peak of The Oil Lies - 5) where we pointed out that the military portion of MOMCOM has, at various times, historically hidden from the public where it gets its oil.
Evidence for undercover shadowy dealings of that sort have been detailed recently by an apparently real, but not-for-profit, journalistic organization (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, "ICIJ").
ICIJ has uncovered a vast network of all kinds of secret dealings:
The leaked files provide facts and figures — cash transfers, incorporation dates, links between companies and individuals — that illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively around the globe, allowing the wealthy and the well-connected to dodge taxes and fueling corruption and economic woes in rich and poor nations alike.(ICIJ, emphasis added). Thus, MOMCOM 2.0 appears to be every bit as "sagacious" as when we first noticed this entity.
The records detail the offshore holdings of people and companies in more than 170 countries and territories.
The hoard of documents represents the biggest stockpile of inside information about the offshore system ever obtained by a media organization. The total size of the files, measured in gigabytes, is more than 160 times larger than the leak of U.S. State Department documents by Wikileaks in 2010.
Sagacious in the sense of The Matrix (The Matriarch of The Matrix, The Matriarch of The Matrix - 2, The Matriarch of the Matrix - 3, The Matrix of Plunder).
The next post in this series is here.
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