Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Data with an angel

Nameless but brilliant extra in Scaramouche, 1952.
Shorter David Brooks, "Death by Data", New York Times, November 4 2014:
Some dismaying Election Day news is that apparently some candidates have been trying to tailor their message to the specific voters they're after. That's so insincere and unprecedented. Moreover, as their operations grow more and more sophisticated, they're using data to do it, the fiends. Luckily, it doesn't work very well, as Mitt Romney found out in 2012, so it's mostly Democrats.
Ed Kilgore and a very fine-form Driftglass give this profoundly idiotic little exercise just about everything that's coming to it.

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