Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Social Media Singe Teen Singer
Both bloggers and Twitter users got caught up in an online prank played on a teenage pop star; Obama and the courts also drew attention online.
Oil Spill Leaking Coverage, but Still Tops Media Agenda
Despite a substantial drop-off in recent coverage, the oil spill remains the top story. LeBron James was the second-biggest newsmaker of the week.
Little Gun Control On Blogs
The online conversation was dominated by cheering advocates of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of gun rights, illustrating again how individuals who care passionately about a subject often come together quickly and strongly online.
Media Interest in Oil Spill Flagging
Coverage of the Gulf oil leak has dropped by about two-thirds in the past several weeks. After a rare spike, Afghanistan news fell dramatically.
McChrystal’s Comments Turn the Social Media to Afghanistan
Blogs and Twitter followed MSM into Afghanistan, led by fired general.
Afghan War Tops the News, Edging out Oil Spill
President Obama’s decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top battlefield commander in Afghanistan, a move freighted with military and political implications, vaulted the war to the top of the media agenda last week for the first time in seven months.
Oil Leak Spreads Online
Twitter’s most linked-to news stories tended to be more about BP executives, while blogs linked more often to news about the oil spill itself.
Gulf Spill Goes to Washington
As media coverage reached a new high, reports on the oil leak turned from cleanup, containment and impact to BP’s role in the disaster and the government’s ongoing response.
How the Press Covered Health Care Reform
Media coverage of the health care debate followed a roller coaster trajectory, spiking dramatically at times and plunging at other points. The media focused far more on the politics of health care than the system or plans for reform.
Israel Defenders Join Middle East Debate on Blogs
For a second consecutive week, conflict in the Middle East led the agenda in the blogosphere. But in contrast to the previous week, defenders of Israel were the loudest voices.