Thursday, 12 November 2009

Lord of the Flies: 'Inaccurate and erratic sentence structure'

Today's Times reports that works by some of our major authors have been fed into a computer used for marking 'the American equivalent of A level English'. Predictably enough, the computer was not impressed. Churchill's style was deemed 'too repetitive', Hemingway was told to write 'with more care and detail', and Lord of the Flies was found guilty of 'inaccurate and erratic sentence structure'. American children are learning the knack of 'schmoozing the computer' --- that is, adapting their style to the computer's judgements.

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