PublicationsJune 14, 2012

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.”

PublicationsJune 7, 2012

Smartphone Speculation Soars on Social Media

Bloggers and Twitter users love guessing about new high-tech devices and last week, they were busy discussing what the new iPhone would look like and whether Facebook would jump into the smartphone business. On YouTube, many users saw video of a gruesome crime.

PublicationsJune 6, 2012

Presidential Election Leads the News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

PublicationsMay 31, 2012

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.

PublicationsMay 30, 2012

Cable News Drives Election Coverage

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

PublicationsMay 24, 2012

When Euro Zone Woes Make the News

Media attention to the continuing financial problems within the European Union spiked last week as Greece contemplated withdrawing from the organization.  PEJ examines how and when the U.S. media have covered this ongoing story in the past 12 months and how that coverage compares to other subjects.

PublicationsMay 24, 2012

Pop Culture is King in Social Media

The naming of new celebrity judges for a popular reality show generated major attention in both the blogosphere and Twitterverse last week. And for the second week in a row, events related to the 2012 Mexican presidential election registered as the top news video on YouTube. 

PublicationsMay 22, 2012

Election Leads as Campaigns Go National

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

PublicationsMay 21, 2012

Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media

The Facebook IPO was a hot topic on blogs, Twitter and Facebook last week with doubts about the stock’s value exceeding bullishness on the investment.  And the topics of conversation—which ranged from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding to co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s citizenship—varied by social media platform.

PublicationsMay 17, 2012

This Time Around, Less News from the Campaign

The 2008 nomination battles won by Barack Obama and John McCain fueled extensive presidential campaign coverage in the early part of that year. So far in 2012, the press is paying considerably less attention to the race for the White House, according to a PEJ analysis.