Sunday, February 24, 2013

Missing the obvious conclusion

I think the author of this article has failed to note the more significant aspect of the experiment here:
Okc_ebooks creator Sam Kriss made a fake female profile on the dating site OkCupid, through which he responds to unsolicited messages from men with quotes from @horse_ebooks, the surreal Twitter bot that streams nonsensical snippets of text. The result: dozens of conversations from horny men desperately vying to have sex with a robot.
There is no question that it is pathetic what the average man will put up with in his pursuit of sexual gratification.  But surely it is more significant, and more troubling, to discover that dozens of men cannot tell the difference between genuine female communication online and a surreal Twitter bot streaming "nonsensical snippets of text".

UPDATE: Stickwick said Devil Bunnies....

39 comments:

Ashley said...

Ha, how embarrassing for him.

Pablo said...

Wait, there's a difference..?

taterearl said...

Nonsensical scripts of text actually make more sense than some female communication.

sconzey said...

It's doubly funny because the author of the article bemoans the fact that when PUAs describe a routine, the female's response is always: 'bla bla bla'.

Markku said...

I had never heard if this bot, but I'm already in tears for laughing.

Ras Al Ghul said...

Every man trying to date online is now a "Pick Up Artist"

If only they were . . .

Markku said...

If only women were this interesting.

Stickwick said...

Devil bunnies! I snort the nose, Lucifer! Banana, banana!

Markku said...

Doesn't have the artistic, surprising quality of the bot's randomness. Like Randall Munroe has said,

If you Huffman-coded all the ‘random’ things everyone on the internet has said over the years, you’d wind up with, like, 30 or 40 bytes *tops*.

Anonymous said...

Talking to woman online is painful.

Stickwick said...

Basset hounds got long ears.

Markku said...

Just face it, Stickwick, you aren't all that talented at nonsense.

Stickwick said...

Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?

Markku said...

Are you flirting with me?

Stickwick said...

Hold the pickles.

realmatt said...

Stickwick you're trying too hard.

Therefor..you ain't gon' get no pussyyy

Stickwick said...

Man, those Samoans are a surly bunch.

anarcho-fascist said...

turing test for those on the left side of the bell curve?

VD said...

She's only quoting Bloom County, you hapless ignoramii....

tz said...

This could revise the Turing test. Also Catchpas v.s.catchmas.

taterearl said...

"Hold the pickles."

No wonder these guys went with the sex talk quickly.

retrophoebia said...

Which would be more troubling--that these men aren't able to distinguish between the bot and real women, or that women's banter is so nonsensical and random that it can't be distinguished from a bot's dribblings?

SarahsDaughter said...

This reminded me to ask, have you gotten your Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee yet?

It's all the rage! Don't believe me? Read the first few 5 star reviews - there are almost 2400 reviews for this doubleplusgood shirt.

Soga said...

SarahsDaughter: real woman or adverti-bot?

SarahsDaughter said...

That did read like all the spam posts, didn't it. Sorry. Real woman. Stupid shirt with a viral following.

geomatic1968 said...

I'm surprised no one picked up on Stickwick's "Bloom County" quotes.

mmaier2112 said...

You mean... BESIDES Vox @ 1149 above?

I miss Bloom County. "Outland" seemed more like BB was trying too hard. Or dropped a bunch of acid that kept recurring kept recurring kept recurring kept recurring.

Athor Pel said...

I only remember Bill the cat.

"Ack"


"Pbthhh"

Мишаня said...

I thought that machine will be able to pass a turing test in ~5 years. but americans, u are always ahead.

Difster said...

Newest from xkcd: Pickup artist

LP 999/Eliza said...

Terrifying video.

Wait the topic was Kriss - how any man failed to feed whatever they were sent into an gender writing analyzer, since theirs completely failed, reflects stupidity not just desperation.

And if it isn't stupidity, desperation or filth it is the much talked about zoo-like, low mentality fakery in ALL online dating and social networking sites.

LP 999/Eliza said...

I mean the stream of comments were completely pointless and generic. Yet based on a half assed picture, its instant attention.

Hilarious.

kh123 said...

Just waiting for the comment that deals with a gorilla coming out of f*cking nowhere.

Shimshon said...

I got the Bloom County references.

It seems pretty clear that PUA "training" != Alpha, or even Game (since it's not about canned approaches or lines at all). Still, the one-way chats are pretty amusing.

Leap of a Beta said...

hahaha, this is hilarious!

I'm going to make a fake POF account and try 'opening' women with this thing. I want to see how women respond to it.

Desert Cat said...

Leap of a Beta: Field reports mandatory.

Re: Devil Bunny, oh that is good!

dustydog said...

1) The lack of spelling mistakes is an obvious tip off that the girl is really over 30 (or a robot sourcing material written by somebody over 30).

2) The lack of self-focus is an absolute red flag tip off that the girl is either a robot or a guy. No girl can go that long without referencing herself.

dustydog said...

Now, if somebody makes a random quote robot that drops the pronouns I, me, we, my, our and the verbs want & like randomly into the sentences, then nobody will be able to tell if it is an American girl.

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