Andrew Sullivan pimps Nate Silver and Co. of fivethirtyeight.com, and rightly so. Silver was an invaluable resource for polling junkies, and I hope he finds a way to repurpose his website now that the election’s over. Sullivan sees Five Thirty Eight’s success as the triumph of new media, and I suppose there’s some truth to this. I have a hard time imagining a newspaper or television network combining polling statistics, state-by-state vignettes, and razor-sharp commentary into one awesome political website. That said, it’s also worth remembering that Silver’s statistical model was entirely dependent on other people’s polling data. This doesn’t detract from his accomplishment – it’s just a healthy reminder that even new media gurus depend on traditional reporting more than we’d like to admit. It’s a fairly banal observation, but the future of internet-based media probably involves some sort of symbiotic relationship with traditional outlets. Which is basically a long way of saying that you should still subscribe to newspapers.