PublicationsDecember 29, 2011

Bloggers Argue over the 2011 “Lie of the Year”

On blogs, PolitiFact’s decision to call out Democrats for lying about GOP plans for Medicare led to a heated political argument. And on YouTube, viewers were fascinated by the public outpouring from North Korean citizens following the death of Kim Jong Il.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2011

Bloggers Recall the Year in Pictures

A set of moving photographs that helped define the year 2011 generated major attention in the blogosphere (and also helped BuzzFeed have its busiest day of online traffic ever). Teen singers dominated the conversation on Twitter and a Mexican presidential candidate’s gaffe was the most popular news video on YouTube.

PublicationsDecember 8, 2011

A Black Mark for Black Friday Sparks the Blogosphere

An incident involving a woman attacking fellow shoppers with pepper spray during a Black Friday sale got the attention of bloggers last week.

PublicationsDecember 1, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests Inspire Digital Defense

A pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis set off a viral video on YouTube and critical commentary on blogs. In addition, conservative commentator David Frum received rare kudos from liberal bloggers.

PublicationsNovember 17, 2011

Bloggers Remember Andy Rooney

Bloggers last week took time to salute Andy Rooney, a stalwart of the old media universe. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street protests led on Twitter.

PublicationsNovember 10, 2011

Bloggers Debate The Cain and Kardashian Stories

Bloggers focused heavily on harassment allegations against a prominent presidential candidate and the abrupt conclusion of a celebrity marriage last week. On Twitter, pop stars led the agenda.

PublicationsNovember 3, 2011

The Presidential Campaign Heats Up Online

The GOP presidential hopefuls were a major topic for bloggers and Twitter users last week as two other subjects also generated significant interest in both social media platforms—the Occupy Wall Street protests and the life and legacy of Steve Jobs.

PublicationsOctober 27, 2011

Bloggers Back the Occupy Wall Street Protests

For the first time since the Occupy Wall Street protests began in September, the subject was among the most discussed on blogs.

PublicationsOctober 20, 2011

Bloggers Cheer as Netflix Reverses Course

The Netflix decision to drop earlier plans to split its services was seen as a victory for the power of social media last week. The iPhone 4S continued to be a hot topic on both blogs and Twitter. And a bloody goring at a bullfight was the most popular YouTube video.

PublicationsOctober 14, 2011

From the iPhone 4S to Steve Jobs’ Passing, Apple Dominates Social Media

Last week, many in social media were consumed by two major events, the unveiling of a feverishly anticipated Apple iPhone and the death of the genius and driving force behind that company, Steve Jobs. Meanwhile, a TV interview that spelled doom for one of TV’s signature theme songs was the most-viewed YouTube media.