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Three Reasons The White House Should Have Built That Death Star

"The Administration does not support blowing up planets."

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We will analyze millions of interactions a day, learning from terabytes of historical data, running thousands of experiments, to inform campaign strategy and critical decisions.

The Use of Data in Presidential Politics

The above quote comes from an Obama for America job posting found on data science website- KDnuggets. The ad leaves no doubt as to whether the campaign plans to use data to target voters and donors. They will use data and they will use it extensively. Terabytes of it. 

In my first post on the new Voted Up blog on Forbes.com I explore the world of data in electoral politics and focus on a new project by ProPublica, which is trying to figure out how the campaigns (and Super Pacs) tailor their email messages based on what they know about voters. This topic is going to be a major one in the 2012 election cycle and I plan on following it closely.

You can view the full post here: http://onforb.es/LK5ILL

merciless is more like it
It’s no secret that journalists love Twitter. Aside from giving them a new venue to write (and, believe me, they love writing), Twitter breaks down the walls between journalists, their sources and their readers. But Twitter does something else, it keeps journalists honest.
I had an exchange with Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson regarding a ridiculous tweet he posted noting that Mitt Romney is assailing Obama for going on vacation to Hawaii while ”he himself was there at same time last Christmas holiday…” The obvious distinction to make is that Romney is not the president, so who cares?
I send this point over to Glen and he responded ”roger that. just pointing it out”. After looking at his stream, I saw I was not the only one to point our the inane nature of his comment, but that got me thinking that this guy must be bombarded every time he oversteps just a little bit. Acknowledging this, I wrote: “Saw someone else bugged you about it too. I guess twitter is a tough crowd…” And Johnson replied ”merciless is more like it”.
And so, I wonder, does the environment of Twitter provide a constructive place for journalists to learn to get better, or is it the insane environment of the comments section. Should Johnson be appreciative of those who point out his missteps, or would he be better of without it. And, of course, do you think that his desire to point out that Romney had been on vacation in Hawaii was a justified criticism or a major stretch. I have my opinion, would like to hear yours…

merciless is more like it

It’s no secret that journalists love Twitter. Aside from giving them a new venue to write (and, believe me, they love writing), Twitter breaks down the walls between journalists, their sources and their readers. But Twitter does something else, it keeps journalists honest.

I had an exchange with Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson regarding a ridiculous tweet he posted noting that Mitt Romney is assailing Obama for going on vacation to Hawaii while ”he himself was there at same time last Christmas holiday…” The obvious distinction to make is that Romney is not the president, so who cares?

I send this point over to Glen and he responded ”roger that. just pointing it out”. After looking at his stream, I saw I was not the only one to point our the inane nature of his comment, but that got me thinking that this guy must be bombarded every time he oversteps just a little bit. Acknowledging this, I wrote: “Saw someone else bugged you about it too. I guess twitter is a tough crowd…” And Johnson replied ”merciless is more like it”.

And so, I wonder, does the environment of Twitter provide a constructive place for journalists to learn to get better, or is it the insane environment of the comments section. Should Johnson be appreciative of those who point out his missteps, or would he be better of without it. And, of course, do you think that his desire to point out that Romney had been on vacation in Hawaii was a justified criticism or a major stretch. I have my opinion, would like to hear yours…