Trust your own eyes and ears? Most of the data that I’ve paid attention to has nothing to do with innate or common sense. There is a lot about data this is contrarian and surprising. But again, dare not to pay attention and just trust your intuition. There’s a reason crowds are better at getting things right than a single person.
Decimate creativity? Since I’ve been paying attention to data I’m more creative than I’ve ever been. Sounds a lot like a guy who dismisses progress in place of traditionalism.
I’m dismissive of it because it’s sensitive. Many of my friends who were great reporters and did outstanding work are out of jobs now because they didn’t care to ask about the data behind their stories. Then when they got fired and management said they weren’t cutting it with interest from readers, they didn’t have a comeback. Local papers have…
If you’ve read any of my material, you would understand that the quality of the journalism hasn’t changed. Targeting stories of interest has. You are exactly the kind of dismissive person who I discuss in the story who conflates data with cheap hits. Assume you also resisted Twitter for months because you didn’t want to hear about someone’s lunch.
It’s a healthy combination of both. Like my piece says because you say I’m listening to what the math says you automatically assume I’m not doing quality work. The two aren’t connected to each other. You can listen to the data AND do great, quality journalism.