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Episode 104: Vox.com vs. FiveThirtyEight

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Spoiler: We kick off the show discussing TV watching and spoilers. Is it possible to have an Internet connection and not get a show spoiled if you can’t watch the show live?

Our main topic is our thoughts on Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight, the two new big journalism startups. There is a lot to like. And a lot not to like.

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Episode 103: I’m being poked in virtual reality


We discuss Facebook buying Oculus, the maker of the virtual reality headset Rift.

The original Oculus Rift was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and intended as a way to make playing video games more immersive. Now, we enter into a virtual world where your friends can poke you whenever they feel like it. We think.

Should those original backers get some money from this $2 billion sale to Facebook? Should a company that is eventually going to seek VC money and to be bought out by a large company ever engage on crowdfunding?

We also discuss criticisms that 538 and Vox.com are too white and male.

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Episode 54: 2012 Presidential Election Special

We talk about the 2012 Presidential Election, specifically focusing on fact checkers and data analysts. Are they the future of political journalism (or even the present)?

What’s the future of PolitiFact? Did they jump the shark? And is Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight the future of political journalism? Or is Silver way off base?

We discuss. And we make predictions for the presidential election. What do you think will happen?

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