Off the Media

Even Data Journalists Like Klein and Silver Aren’t Above Hack Tactics

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We live in a new world of “method journalism.”

In it, bright minds like Nate Silver and Ezra Klein have staked out new media territory, defined by the style in which their writers produce content. It’s supposed to be a new golden age for content, driven by hard data in Silver’s case, and simplified explanation in Klein’s.

Except of course, they’re not. It’s just the same pageview journalism dressed up with better rhetoric. The same end, just different means. Read More

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Booting Up: Try to Contain Your Excitement About Ezra Klein’s New Website for Vox Media

Smiley. (Photo: MSNBC)

Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media to start a new website that focuses on “the crucial contextual information.” How thrilling for all of us. [Politico]

Google is shelling out $400 million for artificial intelligence company DeepMind. [Recode]

Revenge porn purveyor Hunter Moore was released on bond set at $100,000. His next court appearance is Feb. 7. [CNN]

“Cabdrivers who are looking for fares are scanning the streets,” a lawyer said. “Uber drivers looking for fares are looking at their phones.” [New York Times]

It’s kind of cute how hard Yahoo is trying to lure former Google employees to work for them. [Recode]