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International News Flow Online

Global Views with Local Perspectives

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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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“Newspapers necessarily and inevitably reflect, and therefore, in greater or lesser measure, intensify, the defective organization of public opinion.”

(Lippmann, 1922, p. 33)

One of the major ways for people to learn about the world surrounding them is by following the news. News about US influence and involvement in international conflicts or the rise of Islamic power conquer headlines not only in the respective countries, but also in most media channels around the world. Indeed, not all people follow the news directly. Some may get their news from their peers and social networks, while others would prefer to remain uninformed. Still, the opinions and images of foreign countries are mainly shaped today by international news. This is because the opportunities to travel and meet foreigners are rather limited, while information travels much more effectively and rapidly through media hubs and gatekeepers. Moreover, studies and experiments over the years revealed that people rely on news stories rather than their own knowledge when making judgments about foreign countries (Brewer, Graf, & Willnat, 2003; Perry, 1985; Smith, 1973; Wanta, Golan, & Lee, 2004; Shoemaker, Cohen, Seo, & Johnson., 2012). ← 1 | 2 →

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