This Week In Writing, we explore how ChatGPT and Grammarly are making us all sound the same.
It's likely going to be very similar to how Instagram and other social media platforms have flattened and homogenized people's fashion and beauty sense. Between submitting to what the algorithms deem worthy of the most "engagement" and AI filters that smooth over and distort people's faces, we are rapidly seeing erasure of what normal people look like online. And they all look like generic, air-brushed Bratz dolls. I'm sure the same will happen in literary terms as more and more of internet writing is LLM-generated, and in turn that feeds forward into future training and tuning of models
I've been seeing more and more "smooth" submissions to my pub at Medium as well. A better descriptor would be "anodyne" or "boring." They read like cardboard, and the first tell is usually a headline with a colon in it.
The point Eric made is true and a little chilling. I think we already see a flattening or sameness in writing with SEO and everyone competing for Google’s attention- and I think it’ll get worse with AI. I use Grammarly in some capacities, but never in my personal writing. It’s SO boring. I sound so automated.
I totally agree about the “too smooth” feeling of AI writing. You might like my most recent take on AI and writing instruction: https://open.substack.com/pub/arniesabatelli/p/thanks-ai?r=1nwa2p&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web