Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Blogs Take Test of Faith
Pew Forum’s religious knowledge survey was the No. 1 topic on blogs last week. A majority of bloggers celebrated news that atheists and agnostics scored the best.
For the Media, it’s the Elections, Stupid
The midterms were a quarter of the newshole last week, and have been the third most covered story of the year, behind only the economy and the Gulf oil spill.
Bloggers War over ’Obama’s Wars’
Many bloggers seized on a passage from Woodward’s book to argue that the president is indifferent to whether America is attacked by terrorists again.
Midterms Already Edging Out the Economy on Media Agenda
The midterms dominated the news agenda for the second week in a row. The elections have been the top story for the last two months (edging out the economy), and attention will only grow as November nears.
Tech Times: Media Coverage of Technology
Much of the coverage of technology in the mainstream press split into competing story lines: that it makes life easier and that it is not secure. Social media, however, had a more positive focus on technological advancements. With regard to corporations, Apple was more covered than Google.
New developments in the online worlds of Twitter, Google, and Facebook dominated Twitter feeds last week.
Midterms Top News Agenda
Christine O’Donnell, the week’s leading newsmaker, fueled the biggest week yet for coverage of the midterms. The elections were the top story in all five of the media sectors studied.
Blogs Talk Iraq, Rugs
One-quarter of the news links on blogs were about the war in Iraq. Nearly as many bloggers focused their attention on the new rug in the Oval Office.
Anti-Muslim Sentiment Makes News
Coverage of a pastor’s plans to burn the Koran and the controversy over the planned Islamic center completely overshadowed coverage of Sept. 11 commemorations.
A New Phase in Our Digital Lives
Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.