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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