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Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough
While wars and political battles raged on, Jackson — driven by TV coverage — continued to lead the media agenda.
Deaths of Michael Jackson and “Neda” Grip the Blogosphere
In life, Michael Jackson and Neda Agha-Soltan had little in common. But together their deaths consumed the blogosphere and became emblematic of the flow and character of modern communication.
From Protests to Pop
The media swung their attention from the protests in Iran to the death of Michael Jackson with stops at Gov. Sanford and Farah Fawcett along the way.
140 Characters of Protest
The unrest in Iran has demonstrated as never before the power and influence of social media.
Iran’s Revolutionary Coverage
A substantial amount of mainstream press coverage of Iran discussed the impact of social media.
Political Extremism (at Home and Abroad) Dominates the Blogosphere
Two events in the last week triggered an online debate about political extremism—one in Europe and one in Washington D.C. And the most-viewed news video on YouTube was the start of a feud between David Letterman and Sarah Palin.
Vote Uncovers Forgotten Story: Iran
Until last week, Iran had attracted less than half the media attention devoted to the threat posed by teenage Somali pirates this year.
Shooting Sparks Abortion Debate Online
Discussions surrounding the murder of George Tiller far outpaced Obama’s Cairo speech and the economy online.
Obama’s Trip Spotlights Middle East
The president’s speech focused attention on subjects — Iraq, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — which had received relatively little coverage this year.
Same-Sex Marriage Continues Blog Dominance
Gay marriage has bubbled up again and again online in a debate often missing from the mainstream media.