Teh Internets “Text is likely to be stupid.”
posted by July 29 at 17:00 PMon
Stupidfilter is a website that supposedly determines whether text is stupid or not.
I went to one of the dumbest places on the internet, a site called Boycott McDonald’s that’s boycotting McDonald’s for “promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage.” It was featured on Wonkette last week. I pulled one comment:
“shame on you, do you not realize this was a family restaurent—-NOT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!”
And plugged it into Stupidfilter and got this response:
But then I plugged this comment:
“It was bad enough having to keep my Spanish to English dictionary handy every time I pulled up to your drive-thru window (to the tune of about $1,000 per year). But this is the final straw (and I guess the final Big Mac) for me. Your blatant disregard for the strongly held moral values most Americans hold dear has cost you my business. Yes, Wendy’s, I will have a Frosty with that.”
In to Stupidfilter and got this response:
Which is clearly wrong. There’s so much that’s stupid about that quote—the blind hatred of immigrants, the eating one thousand dollars a year worth of McDonald’s drive-thru food, the “moral values most Americans hold dear,” the belief that getting a
milkshake dairy dessert eaten with a spoon at Wendy’s is a moral imperative—that it’s clearly a stupid quote. So, really, all that Stupidfilter does is spot things like ALL CAPS and extra exclamation points and misspellings. But those things, those ALL CAPS and extra exclamation points and misspellings, are nature’s way of marking the stupid people for us already. Needing a website to identify that kind of stupidity is, well, stupid.