Methodology: How Crimson Hexagon Works
The 2016 Media Primary is Off to a Fast Start
News Coverage Conveys Strong Momentum for Same-Sex Marriage
News stories focused on support for same-sex marriage outnumbered those opposing it by roughly 5-to-1 in the two months marked by Supreme Court deliberations on the issue, according to the latest study in Pew Research’s LGBT in Changing Times series. Did statements of support vary by media sector? Did reactions on Twitter differ from the news media? How was the topic covered in LGBT outlets? The new study offers answers.
The Changing TV News Landscape
The news programs that Americans watch on national cable channels and their local television stations have changed significantly in recent years while the network evening newscasts have remained remarkably stable, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
Hurricane Sandy and Twitter
How did people use Twitter during Hurricane Sandy and what did they tweet about? A new study from PEJ shows that over half of the conversation on and around the hurricane’s landfall was news, information, photos and videos of and about the super storm.
How a Pop Tune Became the Hottest Social Media Meme
The hit song “Call Me Maybe” entered the news realm last week as a video of President Obama seemingly singing the tune went viral. The video also inspired numerous imitators, displaying the power of the online “meme.”
The Blogosphere Worries about Government Propaganda
The House passage of the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act led both liberal and conservative bloggers to voice strong concerns that it would pave the way for government influence on domestic public opinion. But they disagreed over who was to blame.
In Social Media, Support for Same-sex Marriage
During a week when North Carolina voters rejected same-sex marriage and President Obama endorsed it, the controversial issue inspired a passionate debate on blogs and Twitter. And in both social media platforms, those in favor of allowing gay couples to wed dominated those who were opposed.
Bloggers Debate the Treatment of Arab Women
A controversial column arguing that women are “hated” in the Arab world triggered an impassioned conversation in the blogosphere last week that included both warm praise and strident criticism. Another top subject on blogs included a tribute to a classic sports car.
Instagram, Facebook and Media Controversies Lead on Social Media
The sale of the photo networking site Instagram to Facebook for $1 billion gained attention on both blogs and Twitter last week as users were startled by the large price tag. Also, three separate media controversies kept the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case in the news six weeks after the incident occurred.