Who is the ideal candidate? He or she is a fifth-to-ninth wave feminist who can speak with authority about the patriarchy while mollifying advertisers and reviewing panties, simultaneously appealing to men but never mentioning the issue of class.
The broader point, though, is the one stated in the passage from Fahrenheit 451: that explanatory journalism can trick us into thinking we understand something, just because we have certain facts about it. Another way to put it: explanatory journalism privileges those aspects of a problem which can be reduced to infographics. There’s much to be commended in the work done by FiveThirtyEight, or even Vox: but making problems seem smaller than they are is a harm that outweighs all the good..
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