A bunch of nerds who don’t know how to play the game
In the 48 hours since Trump's surprise win, journalists and techies in the media industry are still grappling with it. Here's a snapshot of that conversation:
"Worse, not better."
That's the prognosis of the media industry offered by Nieman Journalism Lab's Joshua Benton, citing "segregated social universes, an industry moving from red states to the coasts, and mass media’s revenue decline" as the reasons the disconnect between journalists and voters is only going to widen.
Though widely praised, not everyone got behind Benton's take, which laid most the blame on Facebook and not traditional journalists. "Journos critical of the FB filter bubble Trump voters are caught in need to look at their own Twitter filter bubble," tweets Guardian contributor Fergus Ryan. Meanwhile, the Intercept's Dan Froomkin believes Benton has things backwards, taking a subtle dig at Nieman's Harvard pedigree: "Hey @NiemanLab: Another way to think of the job of journalism is telling the elites what being non-elite is like."
Nevertheless, something needs to change when, as the New Yorker's Lainna Fader puts it, "The pope’s 'endorsement' [of Trump] has over 868k Facebook shares. The Snopes piece noting the story is fake has 33k."
Others are less interested in merely talking about getting to work, like Eater's Helen Rosner who offers her own call to action: "I am an editor who wants to fund *serious reporting* that fights back against xenophobia and bigotry. All I need is a food/restaurant hook."
It's not just journalists either: BuzzFeed's Nitasha Tiku and William Alden wrote a must read piece titled, "After Trump, Soul-Searching in Silicon Valley," in which they speak with tech luminaries like 500 Startups' Dave McClure who says, “Sometimes I feel like we’re just a bunch of nerds who don’t know how to play the game.” Their colleague Mat Honan tweeted, "The big news here is that people in Silicon Valley have souls."
That's Garance Franke-Ruta of Yahoo News tweeting out the AP's report that Trump "refused to let a group of journalists travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama, breaking a long-standing practice." Upworthy's Parker Molloy tweets, "Off to a solid start, I see."
more striking is the photo of the outgoing president's horrified reaction to seeing the president-elect, summed up by student Emma Kennedy: "We are all the White House staff watching Obama welcome Trump as next president."
In other news:
"Really?" That's the only response mustered by NPR's Mary Louise Kelley to Washington Post's story that "quite a few" members of Trump's team were in contact with Moscow throughout the election, according to a Russian diplomat. "Took 1.5 GOP generations to go from "Evil Empire" Cold Warrior Ronald Reagan to a Russian stooge in the WH," tweets New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen.
"Data Trump," says Omaha Magazine editor Doug Meigs in response to Bloomberg's must-read piece on the insights Trump's data team unearthed that nobody else did. The story also has this memorable bit highlighted by National Journal's Alex Rogers: "Coming to trivia night: Trump will be "the first president since Richard Nixon to live in a high-rise when elected.'"
"Oh it's going to be a loooong four years isn't it," tweets the New York Times' Ross Douthat in response to Vox's "Open Letter to America From Leslie Knope." Village Voice freelancer Max Rivlin-Nadler feels his pain, saying, "Liberals are trying to fan-fiction their grief away." But the Guardian's Archie Bland says it's "Good to hear from Leslie Knope, the embarrassingly but rousingly sincere voice of our times."
And finally, from ProPublica's Alec MacGillis, comes a dark but necessary read: "Revenge of the Fallen Class." Or, as Leon Gettler of The Austalian puts it, "How Democrats sowed the seeds of their own destruction."