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Screenplay idea: Man gets amnesia and reconstructs his life from blog comments he wrote. Short film -- he kills himself after 11 minutes.

jul 12
2009

Memetracker

The nerds behind Memetracker, which builds maps around news streams, have a new paper, "Meme-tracking and the Dynamics of the News Cycle," which claims, according to a NYT story, that "the traditional news outlets lead and the blogs follow, typically by 2.5 hours." I would say the methodology looks flawed, but it just so happens that this story came out exactly 2.5 hours ago.

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The key flaw is that their criteria for distinguishing between mainstream media and blogs is whether a source is indexed by Google News. Which, of course, ends up labeling a lot of blogs  from Daily Kos to Wonkette  as mainstream media. But that's not so much a flaw of the study, which was intended to demonstrate a meme-tracking technique, as it is a flaw with the NYT article, which doesn't mention the dubious methodology.

posted by Zach Seward at 11:33 PM on July 12, 2009

OK, here's my corrective to the Times article: "In the news cycle, memes spread more like a heartbeat than a virus." Scott Rosenberg also tweaked the Times, and Chris Anderson (not of Wired) has good research to add as well.

posted by Zach Seward at 7:04 PM on July 13, 2009




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