Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Two Hot Topics Heat Up the Net
While stories about torture and gay marriage both stirred passions, the pattern of responses in social media was very different.
Media Metric: Obama’s 100 Days of Press
Obama is getting much more positive press coverage than Bush or Clinton. One reason is that he is getting good reviews in both front-page stories and editorials.
Tea Party Protests, Pirates & Puppies
Unlike past weeks, social media looked a lot like the mainstream media.
Stock in Economic Story Drops
As news about the economy gets modestly better the story is attracting less press than it did when things seemed more dire. “Tea parties” Rorschach test for media.
Blogs, Not Press, Feature Gay Marriage Story
Bloggers devoted far more attention to same-sex marriage than any other story with most applauding the legislative gains for gay couples.
Pirates Capture Media
Press coverage of the economic meltdown hit a record low for the year last week. Pirate drama was the No. 1 story online, in network TV, radio news and cable news.
Blogs Ditch Recession Talk
None of the top online stories registered in the top-10 list for the traditional media last week.
Media Follow Obama, Economy to Europe
The president’s trip abroad gives an international flavor to a now familiar story.
Blogs: Mixing Tough News with Escapism
While pressing public policy dominated the blogs, the No.2 story online involved a secretly painted 60-foot image of a male body part.
Geithner’s Plan: From Goat to Godsend
AIG rage was replaced — at least for a week — by media praise for a previous economic “villain’s” bank plan.