Twerking kills... or does it?
August 27, 2013 8:35 AM Subscribe
posted by MisantropicPainforest (371 comments total)
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The big news yesterday was Miley Cyrus' twerking
on Robin Thicke at the VMAs, and revelations
of Syria's flagrant violations of international law by using chemical weapons against its own civilians.
Some have lamented
that the attention paid to Miley Cyrus detracts from the real issues. Foreign Policy blogger and professor of international politics, Dan Drezner, calls this claim "utter hors**t"
. The Onion satirized the media's coverage of Cyrus and Syria, as only they can
But does the media coverage of Cyrus' twerking help Bashar Al-assad get away with murder?
Social science research suggest that this claim, is not utter horseshit, and at least plausible:
"Thomas Eisensee and David Stromberg studied the effect of news coverage of more than 5,000 natural disasters on policymakers’ responses to see whether policy responses were driven by media coverage or policy rationales. Their study hinges on a fundamental truth about the media business: during large-scale events such as the Olympics, television networks, which have a fixed time budget (even a 24-hour-network can’t broadcast more than 24 hours a day), have less time to devote to unplanned events like disasters because of the time they spend on the scheduled spectacle."
Another political scientists uses this research to suggest that Drezner may be too quick to dismiss those critical of the US media coverage: Popular Culture Can Crowd Out International Relations.
The paper's abstract