At the beginning of this month, NBC’s elder brother Tom Brokaw reflected on the status of today’s media, which in Viewed has become “just a rage 24/7 on what is being a woman who is out through the board from left
.” Looking back half a century of data communication, it pointed out there is considerable evidence to support his argument.
The time line below shows the average Tone Of the New York Times (from 2011 My Culturomics 2.0 Studies) by month from 1945 to 2005. The results are presented as Z-points (standard deviation from the mean), with higher quantities meaning that Times ‘ coverage has been more aggressive than that month and the lower number means it has been more negative. In the newspaper’s report, the 1960 years represented a turbulent time from which the nation had never recovered, with the events of 9/11 further reducing the national spirit.
Global look to print, broadcast and online media of many worlds in more than 100 languages, as recorded by BBC monitoring from 1979-2010, the timeline below shows Average tone (again as Z-score) of the worldwide press fell almost linear for bigger and bigger negativity in the last quarter-centuries.
Look closer and the transition towards the negative can be seen to accelerate at the end of the years 1990 – along with the emergence of online news. With the rise of digital journalism, suddenly even a small town newspaper is now competing for readers with stores from around the world, increasing the attraction of…