According to Wikipedia entry, Occupy Wall Street was launched by Canadian activist group Adbusters Media Foundation, and is defined as a “series of demonstrations”. According to Adbusters statement, “#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy” (Adbusters Media Foundation).
By October 6 2011 many demonstrations were replicated in different places accross United States.
Media attention to the demonstrations is becoming right now relevant.
Like in other recent demostration movements, it is unclear how much the demonstration will widespread and how resilient will be. This is an open media story.
We show in this post who is interested in covering right now the events related to Occupy Wall Street. Like in precedent posts (Troy Davis death penalty case) a strategy is to gather media impact of the event by states. Counting with 50 different units allow us to proceed to subsequent analysis about the relevant variables influencing the level of media attention.
In this present post we show the US map and how Occupy Wall Street is capturing media attention by state.
The degree of media attention is represented by colors. Highest media attention correspond to states in red, then follow organge. Yellow correspond to states with media attention around national average. Blue is for states with lower media attention than average. Dark blue is for the states with the lowest level of media attention.
We show results for states with more than 100 news published in locally edited newspapers.
Media attention is measured by the number of news explicitly related to Occupy Wall Street, in comparison to the amount of news published about other issues completely unrelated with the demonstrations.
According to our results, the highest level of media attention corresponds to New York (as expected), Minnesota and North Dakota. In the other extreme, the state paying less attention to Occupy is New Jersey. The map also shows a clear cleavage West-East Coast. According to our data, West Coast states are providing much more media coverage to the current events related with Occupy Wall Street than in East Coast states.
In a next post we will present data about the partisan distribution of media attention.