*Storyline*, by The Washington Post

From my email:

The Washington Post today launches ‘Storyline’, a new digital initiative led by economics writer Jim Tankersley examining how U.S. public policy is affecting the lives of Americans across the nation. Storyline will feature a mix of narrative writing, data journalism and visual storytelling to explore big questions like: who’s being lifted by the economic recovery, and who’s left waiting for it to kick in? How are Americans adapting to life under Washington’s immigration deadlock?



"How are Americans adapting to lift under Washington’s immigration deadlock?"

Off to a strong start ...

It's hard our here for a pimp, but you keep a stiff lip (or something) and carry on.

Here would be a good subject for data journalism: How much have misspellings increased due to auto-correct spellcheckers?

I was going to say you beat me to it, but apparently you are just mocking the brilliant grammar.

My point is that if you are going to refer to hordes of illegal alien children swarming unaccompanied over the open southern border as "immigration deadlock" then you might as well just stay home all day and let the grown-ups talk.

One growing concern I hear little about is the Northern border. We concentrate so much on the influx of immigrants from Mexico but no one seems to care about hordes of immigrants sneaking via Whitehorse, onto Anchorage and finally by steamer into Seattle and then across the lower 48. This is why I find it difficult to take seriously these American complaints about too many immigrants. It's just really a complaint about one certain type.

Like maple syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States. The Canadians: they walk among us

I read a couple of their pieces on fertility, but they weren't very good. The foremost aspect of the fall in fertility since 2007 is the very sharp decline in Hispanic fertility, which appears to be a product of the sharp decline in immigration from Mexico because newly arrived women have lots of babies and only later realize they can't afford them. But I didn't see anything about ethnicity mentioned.

In general, political correctness has dumbed us down badly, so it's kind of hopeless for these sites like Vox, Upshot, and Storyline to try to be intelligent about important topics but without saying anything that could get the mobs of social media morons mad at them.

You've got to choose.

Yeah, but it's not just a choice between 'not noticing' and 'frothing nativist'.

My aunt tells a charming story of my (Irish) grandfather trotting out a string of nice Irish lads for her to marry. Meanwhile, several blocks away, her (Polish) boyfriend was getting a similar treatment from his mom. Needless to say, it didn't work.

These people weren't aliens or irredeemable bigots that needed serious re-education- they were just people, good people, better people than our modern guardians of virtue.

I read Ethnic America by Thomas Sowell decades ago, before the topic was verboten. I believe Sowell lays out a 'third way' of talking about these issues without being repulsive bigots.

Steve, you are usually polite and circumspect, but I suspect you smile impishly when the nativists go all over the top here. In short, I don't trust you.

+1 to Brian, good post.

Your repulsion is your own, Brian. I've not been put off by any expressions of nativist sentiment.

Thanks for sharing your charming story involving your aunt and uncle, who are both white. Cute.

-1 to China Cat, bad post.

So it's basically like Vox without the high salaries.

And hopefully also none of the smarmy self-importance.

Smarmy Self Importance is what sells copy my boy!

How many people really want "data journalism?" It seems to me that most people just want to be able to say My Side Is Going to Win Because Numbers. I read FiveThirtyEight.com most days and enjoy it, but it doesn't appear very popular now that Nate Silver doesn't have all that much good news for the Democrats to report.

I like FiveThirtyEight because it's like a sports site for people who don't watch sports

And I like it because it's like watching sports for people who don't read sports sites.

Two great tastes that taste great together.

I suspect Nate is in a bit of a quandary. He's a smart enough guy to know that he will be given the full apostate treatment if he starts issuing bad news to the faithful about the fall election. If he hides under his bed, he can easily fall out of fashion entirely. It's a shame because I was looking forward to him using his maths to tell his co-religionists they were no longer the prettiest pennies in the pile.

Yeah yeah... If I had a Nickle everytime someone told me I wasn't a pretty Penny...

"Nobody will mow my lawn for less than $7 an hour!" [curses Washington's immigration lockdown--bursts into tears]

"My wife can't even find a cheap nail salon!" [angrily punches hole in sheetrock, angrily punches another when realizes sheetrock hangers charging $10/hr]

"Organic red leaf lettuce is three-fifty a head! What am I supposed to do--starve?!" [goes outside, starves]

As long as Chulupa prices stay flat all is well

It seems that Storyline will suffer the same fate as economics and the Representative Man: how do you pick a representative American for this series? You cannot, so it becomes as scripted as so-called Reality TV.

"Storyline will feature a mix of narrative writing, data journalism and visual storytelling to explore big questions"

How is that different from mainstream journalism as practiced for the last fifty years? The NYTimes is all narrative writing, all the time.

I do wonder if we have reached peak fake nerd. The Left has been desperately slapping the words "science" and "data" on all of the bibles for a while now. It's starting to feel a little saturated to me. How many fake nerd sites preaching the old time progressive faith do we really need?

I'm not sure about that but I have a feeling we HAVE reached peak cranky old man

With the Baby Boomers just approaching old age?

I think some of it is just marketing. The kids don't read the Washington Post anymore, and so its brand means little to them. But repackage the same content as something new, hipper, smarter, tech-savvier, etc, and maybe you rope in some new readers for the first time in a quarter century or so.

That's all it is, because the actual bounds of permissible inquiry for "cutting-edge, insightful" journalism are rather narrow.

No doubt. It's like how every news reader now has a laptop in front of them. It's all signaling.

'Twas always thus. Same thing having a bunch of clocks from world time zones behind Walter Cronkite's head...signalling "You are watching something important". It's TV.

Another effort at establishing anecdotal situations or events as factual evidence. See, your chosen TV news.

I wrote a related post on my blog: "Yellen's Storyline Strategy" at http://carolabinder.blogspot.com/2014/07/yellens-storyline-strategy.html

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