Press Goes Nuts Over Bieber Baby, But Ignores Bieber's Concerns With Regulating The Internet

from the priorities,-people dept

As pointed out by Harold Feld, it seems pretty messed up that our news media is going absolutely nuts over the story of the potential "Bieber baby," but has all but ignored the story of how the lack of clarity in the proposed SOPA law might mean Justin Bieber would go to jail for his performances of other people's works on YouTube -- something Bieber himself has spoken out against. Let's take a look. A basic Google News search on "bieber baby" turns up... 3,770 news stories:
And then let's do a search on "bieber sopa." For that... we get... a grand total of 15 news stories (including one from Techdirt):
Which story is actually more important? The one in which the government makes massive regulatory changes to the internet that will create felons out of ordinary people? Or the story about a baby that a pop star may or may not have fathered?

Filed Under: e-parasite, journalism, justin bieber, priorities, protect ip, sopa


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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), 5 Nov 2011 @ 2:14am

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    I'm guessing "Bieber youtube" would generate millions of hits, all without addressing the simple fact that the press loves sexual scandal more than it loves discussing bills working their way through the legislation process.

    Of course, only one of these will have far-reaching impact well into the future. And it won't be Bieber's alleged love child.

    "Bieber +s.978" = 34 hits. Sure, there's 41 million hits overall, but "a single story in the New York Times has far more impact than a dozen musings on Justin Bieber fan blogs."

    If I follow your logic, certain news agencies are far more important than dozens of blogs but they're just repeating the same press releases, so it doesn't count because it skews the numbers. Is that about right? No matter how the search is presented, it's wrong because "SOPA legitimately has nothing to do with Justin Bieber." ???

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