3 juillet 2009

Top 5 USA États-Unis Top Actualité

Poids média de l'actualité américaine dans les blogues et les médias traditionels selon le Pew Research Center:

Actualité États-Unis

The Deaths of Michael Jackson and “Neda” Grip the Blogosphere

Michael Jackson and Neda Agha-Soltan had little in common in life. But together last week their deaths in Los Angeles and Tehran consumed the blogosphere and became emblematic of the flow and character of modern communication.

For fans of Jackson, the Web was a place where they could find instant news about his passing and commiserate with others about their feelings and his meaning in their lives. For those following the developments in Iran, the image of "Neda" became a powerful symbol of the protest movement there after an amateur video of her death spread rapidly through Twitter, YouTube and other new media.

They became together the latest demonstration of the power, both emotional and political, of the many-to-many nature of social media.

For the week of June 22-26, discussion of Michael Jackson and Iran in general combined to make up almost half (47%) of the links on blogs and social media as measured in the New Media Index by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Despite the fact that Jackson's death occurred late in the week, stories about the passing of the pop star led all linked-to topics, accounting for 27% of the links embedded in the social media sites tracked by the monitoring services Icerocket and Technorati. On the evening of his death, interest in Jackson was so high that many of sites with the most popular Jackson pages experienced outages and slowdowns. Accompanying comments from bloggers mostly expressed shock at the singer's death and offered moving accounts of his influence.

Amidst tributes to the pop star, political unrest in Iran remained a major topic for the second week running. In PEJ's index of social media, the subject was the No. 2 story last week (accounting 20% of the week's links). While the conversation focused on a range of related issues (from President Obama's response to day-to-day developments in Iran), a remarkable amount of the discussion focused on the woman who died during a protest over the country's disputed elections.

To many, the pictures of Agha-Soltan's last moments personified the cruelty of the Iranian government in response to the protests. A graphic video of Agha-Soltan's death was the most viewed news video of the week on YouTube.

The third-largest story-line on blogs and social media last week, receiving 10% of the links, dealt with the Obama administration. Much of the attention was focused on a June 24 Washington Post column by Dana Milbank where he sarcastically referred to Obama's recent press conference as the "The Obama Show" and chastised the alleged collaboration between the White House and a reporter from the Huffington Post.

The fourth story (also at 10%) was the admission by South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford that he had been having an extra-marital affair with a woman from Argentina after he had gone missing for several days.

Fifth (at 9%) was an unusual BBC story about Australian wallabies reportedly eating opium poppies and hoping around in circles "as high as a kite."

On a separate social networking platform, Twitter, Jackson and Iran were also the two most linked-to news topics, although the emphasis was different than in the blogs. According to the tracking site Tweetmeme, which tracks links embedded in tweets across the globe, Iran represented 64% of the "news-related" links while Michael Jackson was second at 18%. In other words, the pop star was a major topic, but it did not overtake the intense involvement of this platform in the post-election Iranian protests.

In the traditional press, Iran and Michael Jackson also led the week's agenda combining for 37% of the week's newshole according to PEJ's News Coverage Index. Governor Sanford's scandal was third followed by coverage of the health care reform debate in Washington and continuing reporting about the U.S. economy.

The Deaths of Michael Jackson and “Neda” Grip the Blogosphere

3 juillet 2009

Double standard Coup de gueule Environnement États-Unis Gauchistan Hétu Watch

Réchauffement Climatique

Selon Richard Hétu, la Maison-Blanche se devait de censurer un rapport critiquant la théorie sur le réchauffement climatique parce que son auteur était un économiste et non pas un climatologue.

Je tiens à rappeler qu'Al Gore est bachelier en art et que Steven Guilbeault a étudié les sciences politiques et la théologie.

Et pendant ce temps, le nombre de scientifiques sceptiques à l'égard de la théorie sur le réchauffement climatique augmente sans cesse.

3 juillet 2009

Êtes-vous stimulé ? Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Hétu Watch Récession

Au début du mois de janvier 2009, l'Administration Obama a publié un document signé par son intelligentsia économique pour nous convaincre de l'absolue nécessité d'adopter un plan de relance de 787 milliards de dollars.

Mise à jour avec les chiffres les plus récents sur le taux de chômage, voici la comparaison entre les prédictions de l'Administration Obama et la réalité:


Et dire que si nos gouvernements pensent être capables de relancer l'économie en faisant des déficits monstres, c'est parce qu'ils font confiance aux gens faisant ce genre de prédiction…  On a envoyé Bernard Madoff en prison pour moins que ça.

Pendant ce temps, toujours aux États-Unis:


Capitalisme 1, Socialisme 0 !

3 juillet 2009

L’art et l’État Économie États-Unis Gauchistan Revue de presse

National Review

Artists on the Dole
National Review

Lasting only from December 1933 until June 1934, the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) temporarily put “unemployed” artists to work decorating public buildings and civic spaces across the country. Over its seven-month existence, the program employed 3,700 artists, spent $1,312,000, and generated some 15,000 works of art before being folded into the Emergency Work Relief Program.

“1934: A New Deal for Artists” displays 56 of the PWAP’s products in honor of the 75th anniversary of the program — which conveniently coincides with the latest round of economic troubles (“the worst since the Great Depression”) and the Obama administration’s massive federal intervention.

The artists represented in the exhibition — who were largely unknown before the PWAP began and mostly remained so after it ended — were relative neophytes; some of them were actually amateurs. Accordingly, the collection, which depicts their vision of Depression-era American life — bleak urban scenes and rural landscapes, workers, factories, farms, and so forth — is low on originality.

“1934: A New Deal for Artists” was likely planned and staged to show the wonderful things that occur when the federal government gets into the art business — or any business. But instead of making a convincing argument that American artistry benefited from partnering with Washington, the show inadvertently makes the case that federally subsidized art — like so many government products — tends to be depressing, joyless, unoriginal, and extremely ideological.