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How the Death of Michael Jackson Proved the Need for Quality Journalism December 22, 2009

Posted by dataduchess in Uncategorized.
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The Guardian’s Digital Content Blog picked up the awesome graphic linked to below. It shows the visits made to the New York Times’ website over the course of the entire 24 hour day June 25, 2009. This day is notable because of the death of Michael Jackson, and if you watch the time closely, you can see the spikes in visits in the minutes following the breaking of the news by TMZ.com, where people went to the New York Times site for confirmation, or more credible reporting. The Guardian uses this as proof that even with the seemingly unlimited access to news from all kinds of sites, there is still a need for reliable journalistic reporting. Whether you agree or not, you must admit, this is a neat visualization of the data. Do you remember how you heard about Michael Jackson’s death? Where did you go to find news coverage?

The New York Times site traffic, World View, June 25, 2009 from Nick Bilton on Vimeo.



1. pupfiction - December 23, 2009

This is really neat to look at. I’d love to see something that covered a number of years (like the map you posted previously with average life expectancy.) It would be cool to see what all the different “flare-ups” have been about, or maybe what 9-11 looked like.

2. dataduchess - December 23, 2009

I agree – I wonder what 9-11 would have looked like, I wonder if that data is out there somewhere and how we could get our hands on it! If we could get detailed enough data, my theory would be that most of the world (developed countries at least) would be super bright, but there would be a dark spot around New York where everything suddenly shut down, and people were evacuating.

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4. Brian - December 23, 2009

Except that the actual attacks happened in the morning and by that evening there was an enormous amount of rescue activity going on.

Also, the city wasn’t evacuated. In fact, they shut down all bridges and tunnels into and out of the city. Perhaps the map wouldn’t be quite as bright, but it certainly won’t be dark.

5. dataduchess - December 23, 2009

Good points. I used the word “evacuated” but I suppose it isn’t quite what I meant. I was thinking more to the point of no one in the lower Manhattan area was sitting at a desk looking up the New York Times, they were trying to get outta there ASAP.

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