Data Journalism Is the New Punk
Simon Rogers of the Guardian data blog draws comparisons between the emergence of DIY tools for practicing data journalism and the founding ethics of punk.
The underlying question is if you learn a few “chords” (eg., Google Fusion Tools, Gephi) can you start making your data hum.
Says Dan Sinker, head of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership and former Punk Planet editor, in response to Rogers’ hypothesis:
While I agree with the premise - it’s never been easier to do this stuff than it is right now - I think there are a few steps beyond just learning three chords when doing data journalism. For one, Legs [McNeil, who coined the word ‘punk’] didn’t really say a band needed to be *good* but I’d like to think we’d require that for data journalism
Check the article. Rogers provides links to free data tools and curates a great discussion about the reasonable skills needed to getting started.
Image: Now Form a Band, from British punk fanzine Sideburns in 1977. Via the Guardian.