05Nov12

The reaction to Nate Silver’s offer to bet on the election shows two of the themes from our readings. 

In media work, there is a discussion of how operational closure in established news rooms helps define the standards of jouralism within those organizations. Nate is a politically minded statistician who writes entertainingly about elections and polling data. He started out as an independant blogger writin for a broad audience with few journalistic controls. His publising culture is different than the one he was absorbed into when he joined the NYT as a blogger. Which is why he offered publically to bet on the election with Scarborough. And as Witschge and Nygren mentioned, these closed societies tend to defend themselves, giving the attacks on Silvers’ additional impetous.

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/193791/two-views-of-journalism-clash-in-debate-over-nate-silvers-polling-journalism/

 

and 

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/11/nyt-public-editor-silver-bet-bad-idea-148048.html

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