April 29, 2024 - 5:15pm

→ Jerry Seinfeld: PC culture is killing comedy

Jerry Seinfeld has decried “PC crap” for “killing comedy”, saying the “extreme-Left” is worrying so much about offending people that there are no funny shows anymore. The 70-year-old former star of namesake sitcom Seinfeld lamented that the days of M.A.S.H, Cheers and The Mary Tyler Moore Show were gone, suggesting that shows now had to go through “four or five rewrites” from groups whose job it was to make sure they didn’t offend people.

Seinfeld was on The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast talking about his new movie Unfrosted, a fictionalised comedy of the creation of the American toaster pastry Pop Tarts. But the conversation turned to the importance of humour when interviewer David Remnick asked how the “weight of the world”, referencing the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, affects comedy. Seinfeld replied that “nothing really affects comedy” and that “people always need it”. Let’s hope the sensitivity readers don’t catch wind of this interview…

→ Right-wingers’ latest plot revealed: making babies

Right wingers have allied themselves with the unlikeliest of villains, warns Politico: babies.

“The far right is so obsessed with making babies, they just held a whole conference about it”, the outlet declares, some five months after the Natalist Conference in Austin, Texas. Some of the women attending the conference were themselves tending to babies, who babbled throughout presentations in an ominous portent to the future pronatalists want. “Natalism is often about more than raising birth rates […] for many in the room, the ultimate goal is a total social overhaul, a culture in which child-rearing is paramount,” the article claimed.

Pronatalists were quick to defend the conference as a non-political effort to address declining birth rates, which they view as a civilisational threat. Luckily for NatalCon, the article may have won them a new patron. 

→ FT strikes AI deal

Earlier today, the Financial Times made a discreet announcement about a new partnership with OpenAI. The deal will allegedly “help improve” Chat GPT’s “usefulness by incorporating FT journalism, and collaborate on developing new AI products and features for FT readers”. In addition, ChatGPT users will be able to see “select attributed summaries, quotes and links to FT journalism in response to relevant queries”.

Might this deal also open the door to publishing AI-generated articles? While the press release makes no mention of it, the FT wouldn’t be the first outlet to take the plunge. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated was roundly attacked for secretly publishing AI-generated stories — a symptom of the heavy cuts the magazine has had to make in recent years. And before its news division shuttered, BuzzFeed was also using AI to write “SEO-bait travel guides”, which the outlet claimed was merely an experiment to help test new ways for people to contribute content. For a $75-a-month subscription, FT readers may not be hugely impressed…