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Map of Media Attention

Map It! Which Country Gets the Most Media Attention?

As a nice little companion to Liberty's look at the most stable nations, a French media website, L'observatoire des Medias, has tracked major media outlets' coverage of each country. The brilliantly colored map of media hotspots indicates the corresponding attention we likely give each country in our media-drunk stupor.

This image shows the results of the New York Times. Is it surprising that the Southern Hemisphere is given scant attention? The lack of print on South America and Africa motivates me to be more vigilante about finding out what's going on for myself. You can click through the different publications they studied and watch the map change — the results from Slate and The Economist are quite different.

Good media criticism just makes us better stewards of information. I think I might enjoy most that they sneakily call the Times "The Former Paper of Record," in the key to the map. Hmm . . . I guess they slipped that one on through.

Are you surprised by this map? Does it make you wonder what info you've been missing?


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rpenner rpenner 9 years
i always check the bbc not cnn
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
The legacy of colonialism dies hard.
genvessel genvessel 9 years
i learned a long time ago to hit up BBC vs. CNN for international news
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Interesteing to see French papers pay a bit more attention to NOrth Africa and British papers devote a lot of attention to Southern Africa. Anyway I know not to rely on CNN on news from Africa but the BBc always comes through.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
As a subscriber to the Swaziland Bugle that map is completely off.
syako syako 9 years
nm it's from 2007
syako syako 9 years
nm it's from 2007
syako syako 9 years
what's the time period?
syako syako 9 years
what's the time period?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
This is interesting, but not at all surprising. I wish they offered a composite map, though.
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