Talking Heads Under the Microscope

Nate Silver, the political prognosticator of the moment, spoke to a standing-room-only bookstore crowd in Washington D.C. a few weeks back as part of his election season book tour. Silver, the baseball statistician-turned New York Times reporter, showed a slide of some of the most well-known talking heads on television and then proceeded to undress…

Hyperlocal or Fully Global

The news of the week that Newsweek is ending its print publication has sparked a debate about the future of  national news tailored to a mass audience. It seems a safer bet these days to target the polar ends of the audience spectrum. One the one hand, AOL’s Patch, the grand experiment in hyperlocal news,  is…