New Media Index: Bloggers Debate the Right to Bear Arms; Tweeters Ponder Privacy on foursquare

Guns.jpgThe blogosphere was up in arms over the Supreme Court’s decision that boosted the right to bear arms, as it was the most-represented topic in shared news links, while foursquare privacy concerns accounted for the most Tweeted news links, and a video that claims to show rain mixed with oil near New Orleans was the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of June 28-July 2.

The Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling accounted for 28 percent of news links shared by bloggers, and it was followed by: a BBC report that Finland would be the first country to make broadband Internet access a legal right for every citizen, at 17 percent; the discovery of the remains of an ancient whale, measuring more than 17 meters long, at 8 percent; a BBC report about an image of the earth taken by Europe’s Goce satellite that shows impact of gravity around the globe, also at 8 percent; and the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), also at 8 percent.

The questions about the location-based social app’s privacy accounted for 18 percent of news links shared via Twitter, followed by: Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on its Kin social mobile phone, at 10 percent; Afghanistan-related stories, including news that embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal would retire from the Army, at 7 percent; a debate in Congress over whether jobless benefits should be extended to the unemployed, at 6 percent; and a CNN report about a testy email exchange between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a customer, which Apple says was fake, also at 6 percent.


The New Orleans oil-rain video was followed on YouTube’s list of most-viewed news and politics videos by: a one-minute video of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer demanding that President Barack Obama secure the border with Mexico; a collection of still photographs from the crime scene where Mexican singer Sergio Vega was murdered June 26; a local television news report about Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to a custard shop, where he called the manager who asked him to lower his taxes a “smartass”; and video from inside an Ottawa apartment after an earthquake June 23.