PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Ponder the Decline of Religion, Economic Prosperity and Newspapers

PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Ponder the Decline of Religion, Economic Prosperity and Newspapers

The online conversation last week was strikingly different than the mainstream news agenda. While the traditional press focused on economic villains-such as AIG and Bernard Madoff-bloggers largely eschewed partisan squabbling and parsing of details for a more abstract and far-reaching discussion.  

As the economy struggled, a major newspaper shut down and a survey highlighted the diminishing appeal of organized religion, bloggers and social media pondered the dramatic social changes that might be taking place and what the implications could be.

The top subject was the decline in people claiming an affiliation with organized religion, as documented in a new study. This storyline made up 30% of the most linked to stories by blogs and social media sites for the week of March 9-13 according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Read the full report Bloggers Ponder the Decline of Religion, Economic Prosperity and Newspapers on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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