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Comm Prof at TPM

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 26, 2013 - 10:20am

From a friend of the Blogora:

"Josh Marshall just promoted an email from Comm prof PJ at Talking Points Memo, one of the biggest political blogs going:

"Who is PJ? Pretty smart comment, and getting great play thanks to Josh. Could be a nice crosspost to Blogora; and I'd like to meet PJ!"

Looks cool. Excerpt below.

...One really interesting part of this Nate Silver move to ESPN is that it showcases how sports journalism culture has had to become a lot more friendly to analytic work than traditional reporting. That is, the fight to supplement/edit conventional wisdom with statistics has already been fought with a lot more editors and higher ups in the sports journalism industry. So while Silver’s electoral work may be what people most value right now, the ESPN culture (which has done a pretty good job of bringing in statistically minded folks on its website, even though Rob Neyer and John Hollinger are now both gone) is probably more suitable for his particular brand of challenging conventional wisdom. Another way of thinking about this is: we don’t have a Moneyball for political narratives yet, but if we end up getting one then a lot of the same repeated talking points we get every election cycle (Romney’s got the momentum! There must be invisible missing voters!) may fade to black, and that challenges the attitudes and identities of the more traditional journalists. This may be especially magnified if you think that thew new corridor is someone insulated from inputs outside their self-fulfilling/self-sustaining political narratives.
I am a professor of Communication studies, and I study politics for a living but have also published on sports and American identity, since it seems like a lot of your emailers are often specialized/expert sorts...

Submitted by Gordon Mitchell (not verified) on July 26, 2013 - 10:10pm.

"PJ" is the PJ who works down the hall from me! How funny. Nice work, PJ - the impact stats on circulation of that post must be Troutean. More on Silver bringing sabermetrics to education, here crunching big data on the "decline of humanities" meme:

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 26, 2013 - 4:15pm.


Submitted by PJ (not verified) on July 26, 2013 - 12:25pm.

thats me! cool to see this matriculated over this way at the blogora.

Submitted by Sarah Spring (not verified) on July 26, 2013 - 12:17pm.

I'm 99% sure PJ is my good friend Paul Johnson, currently at Pitt, Iowa PhD.

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