'…As of 2012, 37% of college newspapers surveyed did not have a website.'
for…the kinds of companies who make Snuggies and ShamWows—the Graveyard is primetime. It’s dirt-cheap media space. It’s highly efficient for testing products and messaging against targeted consumer segments. It’s the perfect perch for Perfect Polly, the plastic parakeet with a swiveling head and a chirp like a 1980s car alarm…And it’s pretty much the only timeslot socially acceptable for the UroClub, a nine iron golf club that doubles as a portable urinal.These products certainly put the “fringe” in Post Late Fringe. It boggles the mind that anyone would want to buy them. But they’re serious business.
To argue that there’s something wrong with people who don’t feel political schadenfreude? That’s a sign that you’re part of the reason that most Americans regard the political class with disgust, as if there is something unsavory about their mindset. There is!
Left out of the thousands of words written about…the [GOP’s] nihilistic willingness to crash the world economy, about Republicans’ laser focus on obliterating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was the fact that two of the poster boys for this suicide mission were the sons of Cuban exiles whose fears about socialism were willingly and willfully exploited by the radial Right.
We sat down with Haile Owusu, Mashable’s new Chief Data Scientist to learn more about his position and the pioneering work he is doing for Mashable.
Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do as a Chief Data Scientist for Mashable?
As a data scientist, I take in the reams of data that Mashable receives from its users and model them to capture the interesting behaviors of our audience. Once collected and analyzed, I can then offer statistical models to understand and predict our audience’s future behavior.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working with Mashable’s patent-pending Velocity algorithm to better understand how Mashable’s content propagates on the web. Mashable has a unique and highly engaged audience and they are very inclined to take in the content we provide for them in interesting ways. We want to be able to predict where the content will go after a certain period of time.
What does it mean for Mashable to have a Chief Data Scientist?
[look of the hour]
…today’s reviled 24/7 news cycle—with its airtime-filling, rumor-driven excesses—was really born in Nov 1963…as much as we may think social media has transformed the way news is reported and disseminated, “Three Shots Were Fired” underscores that media…was always social—meaning deeply human, and therefore erratic, reactionary, competitive, presumptuous, sensationalistic, and, most of all, impatient.
For too long, politicians have written off young people as disengaged, lazy, or ignorant. But they are wrong. As much as the media enjoy predicting election outcomes, history is written ex post facto, and nothing is certain until it happens. Young people are poised to take action…and reclaim their right to a representative voice in government. All we have to do is show up. So let’s do it.