Blogs Poke Facebook
Many bloggers felt the social networking site had misled them about how their information was being used. Twitter was dominated by Apple, again.
Unplugged: Media Attention to Spill Increasing
Press coverage of the oil spill continues to rise (reaching a new high) as the oil continues to flow. As with most disasters, the Gulf proved to be, first and foremost, a TV story.
Bloggers Ponder Artificial Life
As science tends to do, the creation of living cells controlled by synthetic DNA captivated blogs. A campaign ad for the Alabama Agriculture Commission became the most watched video on YouTube.
Oil Spill and Primary Elections Top News Agendas
Cable news devoted 33% of airtime to the elections, more than any other sector, while devoting 18% to the oil spill. In contrast, network newscasts apportioned their time in almost the reverse pattern: 13% to politics and 25% to the oil spill.
New Media, Old Media
Technology makes it increasingly possible for the actions of citizens to influence a story’s total impact.What types of news stories do consumers share and discuss the most? What issues do they have less interest in? What is the interplay of the various new media platforms? And how do their agendas compare with that of the mainstream press? A review of a year’s worth of data sheds light on these questions.
On the Blogs, Across the Pond
In stark contrast to the mainstream U.S. press, the blogosphere — lacking geographic boundaries — was consumed by the British election.
Media Don’t Leave Gulf for Kagan
Elena Kagan’s press lagged well behind the attention paid to Obama’s selection of Sotomayor. The Gulf oil spill remained big news for the fourth consecutive week.
Terrorism Tops Disasters
Coverage of the Times Square car bomb attempt became the biggest single terrorism story since January 2007; Gulf oil spill coverage up but Tennessee flooding got little attention
Debate over a visit to earth by alien beings was the only news item to receive significant attention on both the blogs and Twitter.
Wall Street, Oil Spill & Immigration Uproars
Fueled by a congressional showdown with Goldman Sachs executives, economic news led news coverage during a crowded week that also featured the uproar over Arizona’s new immigration law and the developing ecological disaster in the Gulf Coast.