January 28, 2021

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The CIA helped build the content farm that churns out American Literature

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Ernest-Hemingway-007According to Wikipedia, a content farm is an organization that employs large numbers of “writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines.” So, in a way, the American MFA system, spearheaded by the infamous Iowa Writer’s Workshop, is a content farm, too. It was initially designed to satisfy a much less complicated algorithm: one that was sculpted by the CIA to maximize the spread of anti-Communist propaganda through highbrow literature. 

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