"It may seem odd to say we have arrived at a moment when data and creativity are bound together in the same vocation, not to mention the same person. Silver doesn’t have much of a problem with the idea, as incongruous as it might sound. 'I think there are two types of creativity,' he says. The first is what he calls ‘pure expression’—a phrase to describe the work of musicians, poets, actors, dancers, and the like. 'The other kind,' he says, 'is finding different ways to approach and solve a problem. I’m not sure of the first kind, but I think I have a lot of the problem-solving type of creativity.’ Math, as he once put it, 'is a different language you can use to think through problems.'"
"Illegal immigrant" no more
From Fast Company's profile of Nate Silver, whom the magazine has named the most creative person in business
Big news on the copy/semantics front: the AP has updated its stylebook to discourage the use of the term “illegal immigrant.” Score one for Colorlines?
Rose-colored lenses, media edition
“There’s nothing tawdry about offering your wares on the street. It’s how magazines and newspapers started. It is a model where the people decide and no one is in charge of the velvet rope deciding who gets to write or who gets the big writing contract or not. In some ways we’re breaking up cartels and creating a true kind of journalistic capitalism.”
Andrew Sullivan is doing some real wishful thinking here. The reason he has enough readers to even consider going it alone is that he came up through those traditional velvet-roped media, with the support of big writing contracts. The importance of traditional platforms is true for other supposedly “game changing” funding models, too: The Tomorrow crew was able to get our Kickstarter funded so quickly because we were all known for our work at a traditional media outlet. If we were a group of unaffiliated writers and designers who banded together, I’m confident we wouldn’t have made as much money. (And what we made wasn’t even enough to pay ourselves fairly.) I’d love to live in a world where all readers supported their favorite journalists directly. But the truth is they still have to find out about those journalists. And those journalists still have to hone their skills. Right now, traditional media structures are pretty crucial to both of those things.
And the same is true for music. Kickstarter et al. are great, but they’re not going to finance a long-term career.
This might be the silliest paragraph I have ever read
From a story at the New York Times about BlackBerry users:
BlackBerry outcasts say that, increasingly, they suffer from shame and public humiliation as they watch their counterparts mingle on social networking apps that are not available to them, take higher-resolution photos, and effortlessly navigate streets — and the Internet — with better GPS and faster browsing. More indignity comes in having to outsource tasks like getting directions, booking travel, making restaurant reservations and looking up sports scores to their exasperated iPhone and Android-carting partners, friends and colleagues.
This reads like it was taken from The Onion.