Like two galaxies smashing into each other and blending into one, Twitter’s new-look profile page (top) and Facebook’s profile page are becoming indistinguishable.
I went to NICAR boot camp in 1996, a mapping boot camp a couple years after that, and to NICAR conferences around that time, too. So I guess the notion that in 2014 “data journalism is really coming into the mainstream” makes me either a pioneer or a victim of bad timing. Data journalism is older than the internet.
It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.
The answer, here.
So I’m reading a website — devoted to the topic of religious freedom, of all things — and this thing grabs my eye:
Thanks for that, mysterious advertiser. I especially appreciate the helpful visual instruction on the concepts of ‘constipation or diarrhoea’, as well as the location of eyes.
Aside from the TMI, the ad is an unabashed tease. “Infected” with what? The plague? And: 250 million Americans? That’s 4 out of every 5 Americans “infected” with whatever it is. Talk about your epidemic.
Of course, that’s what the “learn more” link is for. And if you think your web pages are already overloaded with ads for diets, magic pills and get-rich schemes, just wait until you click this baby. No thanks.
The digital future of advertising –the future that has bled newspaper advertising nearly dry — is built on data centers that compile your every online keystroke and serve up ads that match your online interests. It’s a smart world that gives you smart ads smartly matched to your search history, bookmarks, cookies, purchases, check-ins, tweets, and geo-tagged selfies.
Except when it doesn’t. I haven’t been spending time on health websites, Googling around for info on the plague, or swapping email with a convalescing aunt. If my recent online behavior results in ads like this, I shudder to think what would land on the right side of my screen if I were pursuing more . . . biological interests on the web.
. . . the future of news in print will be upscale:
“[I]f vinyl records, straight razors, slow food and absinthe cocktails can all mount comebacks, there is no reason print can’t as well. The keys are marketing, perception and, frankly, snob appeal . . .”
The full bit is here. And check out the cheeky art by Dasha Tolstikova:
“It’s not appropriate, according to the law, for an employee (of a public institution) to request public records from their place of work.”
The creativity among public employees in devising new ways to deny public information to the public knows no bounds.
Jack Shafer with a pithy piece at Reuters about NSAmok:
The government obviously wants its mosaic theory both ways. It wants to say we shouldn’t worry about it holding mountains of our metadata that, when run through NSA’s mosaic-machine, can reveal our health status, our financial condition, our comings and goings, our political persuasions, and our tastes in vice, etc. But at the same time, it treats itself to a hysterical fit when asked for the release of bland government information because somebody (a terrorist, a spy, or even a journalist) might use it to piece together a state secret and endanger national security.