Is Big Data a Good or Bad Influence in Journalism?

A story in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology critiques the journalism industry’s expanding preoccupation with political big data analysis and its impact on news coverage of elections.  It suggests that this trend exemplified by Nate Silver’s brand has led to an unfortunate new form of inside baseball — a focus on describing and predicting what is happening in electoral politics — rather than helping audiences understand the choices facing them.

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