ABOUT UNBURY THE LEAD
The expression burying the lead refers to when a journalist or public figure hides the most important part of a story by emphasizing details that are irrelevant or nonessential. The age of information has provided us with access to data like we have never seen before, but meaningful facts are obscured in a media environment that is flooded with worthless commentary from pundits, click bait, and false information that spreads like wildfire. True and useful information is available if you are willing to dig a little, and on this blog, I attempt to use this data to make sense of the political landscape. Topics of interest to me are voting systems, gerrymandering, election finance, and application of natural language processing to statements made by public figures.
One of my goals in writing this blog is to increase engagement of readers with their representatives. When applicable, a post will be accompanied by a form letter that can be sent to your representative to attempt to effect change on the issues discussed in the post. This is one just one way among many to get involved in the political system, but it can be done without much effort on a daily basis. If you spend time posting on social media about politics, then you have enough time to write to your representative.
Another goal is help others jump start data projects of their own, so all the source code I use for this blog will be made available on GitHub. If you want more details on the analysis and visualization techniques I'm using, just ask and I'll do my best to help you. If you have any feedback or ideas for new topics, be sure to let me know!
I'm Colin McAuliffe and my background is in computational mechanics, which is where materials science, computer science, and applied math all meet together. I'm co-founder of Data for Progress and also writing this blog in my spare time. All opinions are my own and not that of any organization that I am employed by or affiliated with.