Pew Research Center

No matter what I typed into Google around technology, news and society, the website ‘Pew Research Center’ just kept cropping up. Despite being an American online resource, the website offers an excellent insight into how the media affects the relationship between technology, news and young people worldwide.

It offers a wide range of reports including a report on ‘The state of privacy in America’, where it claims that “91% of adults agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies”. The information in this report is particularly useful for weeks one, two and six.

Another example report is one titled ‘The evolving role of news on Twitter and Facebook’ which illustrates how many of these platform’s users resort to these two websites as their primary news source and why. It links to an article by ‘The New York Times’ titled ‘For Twitter, future means here and now’ which explains that Twitter’s best feature is providing “as-it-happens coverage and commentary on live events”. Another similar report on the website is titled ‘How social media is reshaping news’. These insights into social media platforms as news sites can of particular assistance in weeks four, eight and ten.

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I can’t write about each individual report but the website offers insights into almost everything in the media from campaigning, such as a report on ‘News coverage conveys strong momentum for same-sex marriage’ (useful for week ten), to activism such as ‘How Al-Jazeera tackled the crisis over Syria’ (also useful for week ten), to technology such as the ‘Future of the Internet’ (useful for week one).

The website is easy to use, with a large database of blogs, info-graphics, expert opinions, reports, graphs and analysis reports. The most important two tabs on the website for this module are ‘Media and News’ and ‘Internet and Tech’, although the information found under each are related.

Let me know what you think of the website. Do you think that it being American diminishes its usefulness for this course? Or do you believe that it represents all of Western society adequately?

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3 Comments

  1. I think this is a useful resource seeing as we’re constantly asked to provide statistics and figures to back up our arguments and make them more convincing. The only UK-based site that in my opinion resembles this might be Statista, but I haven’t always been able to find everything I was looking for on there.
    I doubt US data represents Western society in its entirety, yet the demographics are largely similar here in the UK and the country does encompass a large number of people, making percentage numbers weigh heavily. Media consumption and issues in particular resemble each other, if not are actually more prevalent there, so talking about US statistics in essays should not be ruled out completely in my book (unless, of course, the initial essay question differs much) since the numbers can be hard-hitting, and this resource seems to be ideal for this.

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  2. First of all, in answer to your question, I think apart form the opinion pieces based on the certain background, its scientific and objective analysis with supportive date and graph provided will be really useful for the related issue of our module. In addition, while I was browsing the website, I have actually found some similarities as the resource GSDRC I have recommended in my post. They both aim to investigate and interpret popular social phenomenon, which could be possibly considered as reliable resources.
    I am pretty sure that I will keep updating it!
    Great post!

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  3. I tried typing many of our lecture topic titles into the search bar and it came up with results every time, therefore I think it could be very useful for the course. In answer to your question, obviously if the question specifically asks about the UK, for example, and the results from the site are American-based, then using the source would be redundant. However, in terms of the research and statistics that the site can provide, it could be useful to check and compare against other data to see if they correlate or contradict each other to check accuracy and reliability of sources.

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