Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Each of the top five subjects in the blogosphere focused on the election or a closely related subject.
Midterms Coverage Doubles Economy Coverage
The midterm elections have registered as the top news story for four consecutive weeks, and have accounted for fully a quarter of the overall newshole in that time, easily outdistancing the No. 2 story in that period, the economy, at 12%.
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.