So now we have a new, and scary, experiment from Nate Silver.
Silver is the mathematician and pollster whose genius at applying numbers to the news produced a great moment in American journalism during the 2012 elections, when he showed news pundits to be completely without credibility. He of course had been doing that for some time in other realms, but to stand on the hill of The New York Times, to make strong assertions about the outcome of an election beforehand against all the shouters, and to be proved right—there never was such a moment, as far as I know.
He started by using his mathematics with baseball. At the Times he extended it into politics, quickly becoming the dominant voice in the analysis of electoral politics.
This is a great force for change in journalism: proving that numbers matter. And that they can trump the pundits. Now, suddenly, Nate is taking us down a steep roller coaster slope that makes our stomachs drop...