Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Bloggers to Content Providers: Keep It Free or We Will Flee
Social media last week dove into the debate over free versus pay online content. Sparked by Warner Music’s plan to favor Web sites that charge users, bloggers answered in force: We oppose it! Google Buzz also drew bad buzz.
Blizzard of Snow Coverage
Debates over government efficiency and climate change joined more traditional coverage of local correspondents battling the elements.
Bloggers Press Hot-Button Topics
The conversation online focused on Tim Tebow’s anti-abortion commercial and gay rights — with John McCain and the pope targeted for criticism.
Surplus of Deficit Coverage
For the first time in nearly two months, coverage of the economy led the news agenda, driven by Obama’s release of his $3.8 trillion budget.
Monkey Business Online
Apple’s new iPad and a film shot by chimpanzees beat out the president’s speech in social media.
SOTU Puts Obama Center Stage
The president was the predominant figure in more stories last week than at any time since his inauguration.
Twitter And YouTube Continue Focus On Haiti While Blogs Move On
After playing a large role in promoting activism and fundraising in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, various components of the social media community moved in different directions last week.
Cable Nets Split on Haiti and Politics
CNN, which doesn’t air ideologically oriented talk shows in prime time, broadcast almost three times as many stories originating from Haiti as did Fox News and MSNBC combined, both of which focused on the Massachusetts election.
Social Media Provide First-Hand Accounts, Direct Action on Haiti
New media not only reported on Haiti, but were used as calls to action. According to CNN, the use of social media helped raise $8 million by the end of the week.
Blog Love, Not War
As the mainstream media were consumed with issues of terrorism, social media debated sex and dating.