Nate Silver is no longer on the front page of the "New York Times," and therefore his insights have no traction. In other words, the bloviating press that loves a horse race is going on about the success of Donald Trump when the truth is contrary to the hubbub.
It's kind of like making a hit record that only plays on your local college radio station.
The old days of the internet are through. The ones wherein greatness surfaced and we were all the better for it. Today, you've got to attach your track to the coattails of an entity with a large audience, otherwise you're just pissing in the wind.
How did we get here, how did it come to this?
The cacophony, the sheer plethora of information.
Furthermore, the Silver situation proves that the stuff with ink, that gets most attention, may not be the best. Which is why, in the music business, we've got story after story about the flavor of the moment that does not resonate with you when you check it out.
So what do we know...
He with the greatest audience wins, irrelevant of veracity or quality.
The "New York Times" survives, Nate Silver is marginalized. If you're going it alone, be prepared to enter the wilderness, and possibly stay there. Because concomitant with the footprint of the powerhouses is the inability to compete with them. Bing proved this, Google was good enough. If you're not reinventing the wheel, stay out of the fracas.--Bob Lefsetz
My point about Lefsetz is apparent in the quote from his latest letter. I recently posted about becoming a punk analyst where I encourage readers to question everything. The emperor has no clothes or if you are an optimist--he/she is at least disrobing at a maddeing speed.
I agree with Bob that the classics hold true. They sustain and may be eclipsed by the latest and greatest but their authenticity is what we return to...
Same with writing about the latest findings in healthcare research. Strip away the showmanship and the flash and what remains is the data. No spin, no misleading headlines--just the facts.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.--Upton Sinclair
What's happening across social media? A few "dinky" donuts...