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International News Flow Online

Global Views with Local Perspectives


Elad Segev

Why are some countries more newsworthy than others? What are the similarities and differences in the scope of international news presented in different languages and cultures? How does international news affect our perception of the world? In this book, Elad Segev explores international news flow on the internet by addressing these key questions.
Segev provides a comparative analysis of the international scope of online newspapers, news portals, and news aggregators in different languages and cultures, using innovative web mining techniques and network analysis. This book explores the theory of news flow around the world, and analyses many of its dimensions such as the global standing of the United States, the Middle Eastern conflicts as seen around the world, and, the effect of financial news. In doing so, the book unveils new patterns, meanings and implications of international news on our perception of the world.
Following these insights, the author discusses the opportunities and challenges of studying international news flow online in the future, and how this field of research can be further developed theoretically and empirically.
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I would like to convey my gratitude and appreciation to my academic father, Menahem Blondheim from the Hebrew University. Apart from his tremendous involvement in many of the studies presented here, Menahem was always excited about the analytical power of mining of online news, and helped me along the way to understand the deeper and broader theoretical implications of this work. He provided me together with the Lady Davis Fellowship the ground for developing the software and conducting the early studies in 2008. Since then, the collaboration with Menahem yielded many publications, some of which were included with his kind permission in this book.

Endless thanks to Regula Miesch my beloved wife for her thorough and amazingly professional work on our sentiment analysis study as well as on other studies included in this book. As a professional terminologist she was also responsible for the construction of the dictionaries and the lists of country names and keywords in all languages. This was the basis of all the analyses presented in this book. Her research qualities are admirable and her patience and support throughout this project are immense.

Many thanks also to Thomas Hills, who came up with the idea to study the link between memory and news in relation to foreign countries. Chapter eight presents with his kind permission the results of our common study on ← ix | x → this subject. Thanks also to Maria Angeles-Cabrera, who thought of studying the economic crisis in Spain. With...

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