Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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%.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Economy Leads on Blogs
New unemployment measures were the dominant subject among bloggers last week; the buzz among Twitter users was all about rumored Apple iPad upgrades.