Media & News Feb. 3, 2011

Egypt Uprisings Slow to Register on Blogs, Twitter

The turmoil in Egypt did not register as a major social media topic last week. Blogs discussed allegations surrounding Clarence Thomas and Twitter focused on technology.

Media & News Feb. 1, 2011

SOTU Overshadowed by Middle East Unrest

While attention to unrest in the Middle East accounted for only 8% of the overall coverage early in the week, from Jan. 27 through Jan. 30 it skyrocketed to 36%.

Media & News Jan. 27, 2011

In the Blogosphere, Calls for Bipartisanship and Confrontation

In the social media, the post-Tucson conversation was kinder and gentler; bloggers generally applauded a display of unity and bipartisanship.

Media & News Jan. 25, 2011

Fallout from Arizona Shootings Tops Hu Visit

Unlike past tragedies, such as the Virginia Tech shootings, the events in Arizona stayed squarely on the news agenda thanks to the prominence of Rep. Giffords and the many political angles; the visit by China’s premier ran a distant second.

Media & News Jan. 24, 2011

How the U.S. Media Cover China

Before Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, what events and issues have put China on the U.S. media’s radar in the last four years? (Hint: they’re not usually related to the economy.)

Media & News Jan. 20, 2011

Bloggers Follow Events in Tucson

The shootings in Tucson that killed six and severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords drew more attention in the blogosphere than any subject in the past eight months.

Media & News Jan. 19, 2011

Media Analysis: How the Press Covered the Tragedy in Tucson

A discussion about the tenor of political discourse in America, including its role as a potential catalyst for violence, was the leading media storyline in the aftermath of the Arizona tragedy.

Media & News Jan. 13, 2011

New Congress, Same Divisions Online

Echoing the mainstream press, the blogosphere focused its attention on the new, Republican-led House. Shockingly, liberals and conservatives had different reactions.

Media & News Jan. 12, 2011

Beltway Realignment — and a Shocking Interruption

Until the shocking weekend shooting of an Arizona congresswoman dramatically altered the narrative, the prospects of political conflict from a new Congress and changes in the White House dominated last week’s news agenda.

Media & News Jan. 11, 2011

The Year in News 2010

A review of three different research efforts by the Pew Research Center finds the economy was the No. 1 story of the year, the narrative evolving but with a continuing undercurrent of apprehension. Other big stories: the Haitian earthquake, the health care reform debate, the Gulf oil rig explosion, and mid-term elections.