See, things that used to be "conservative" ideas, like cap and trade or Obamacare or monetary stimulus, have become "liberal" ones, all while conservatives themselves have moved further and further right. That’s what happens when you view negotiation of any kind as an ideological betrayal — you abandon your ideology. You stop being the party of markets, and become the party of whatever-the-Democrats-are-against (and your donors are for).

Silver says he does not get on well with political reporters but is friends with media entrepreneurs such as Gawker’s Denton and Andrew Sullivan, the prominent blogger. His generation shares that entrepreneurial ambition, he says. “It used to be that you would idolise the guy who graduated at the top of his class from Harvard, and now you idolise the guy who drops out of Harvard to run a business,” he smiles.


"Publishing companies need to come together and tell tech companies how to index news—not the other way around,"Trei Brundett, chief product officer for Vox Media, discusses SB Nation and the Verge’s experiments with Storystream with Gabe Stein of Fast Company.

Started in 2009, Storystream takes a new approach to updating ongoing stories, much like Fast Company’s experiments with “slow live-blogging.” 

Learn more about how Storystream works and how it changes the way that users find and consume news: One Publisher Is Standing Up To Tech Giants Like Facebook And Google ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code community

The de-newspaperization of America


A quick story about Cleveland: When the nation was jolted earlier this year by the news that three women who went missing and were presumed dead had instead been kidnapped by the monster Ariel Castro and were now remarkably freed, I was asked to produce a wrap-up piece for the Daily News in Philadelphia. I had never heard of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus or Michelle Knight before the rescue, and I assumed that their disappearance had been ignored in the media.

But on a local level, that wasn’t true — for two of the women, Berry and DeJesus, their disappearance in a grim, forgotten urban wasteland was kept alive for years by reporters and columnists from the Plain Dealer writing repeatedly about the cases. In the clips, you sensed that the journalists were more aggressive at times than the authorities. I was jarred by one fact — that someone (presumably Castro) had used Berry’s cell phone to call her mother and say she was safe a week later, a call that was initially dismissed as a hoax and not confirmed by the FBI until seven months later, when the trail had grown cold. I learned that by reading the clip in the Plain Dealer, which was all over the story. When Berry finally broke free in May, she told her rescuers,"Help me, I’m Amanda Berry.”

In a city with an active and engaged news media, she knew those words would mean something. In the future, in Cleveland, I’m not so sure.

Via colleague Sarah Bures.