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After reading that anti-globalisation/anti-war protests in London drew “about 4,000 protesters,” I thought that number of protesters looked familiar, so I decided to check how many showed up at last month’s “Tea Party” protesting higher taxes and increased government spending in Cincinnati.Â Looks like I was onto something.Â According to the local paper, “about 4,000 protesters showed up.”
Crowds about the same size should generate about the same amount of coverage, right?
Turns out not to be the case at all.Â A google news search for “London Protests” (without the quotation marks) yield 9,174 hits whereas “Cincinnati Tea Party” (again without the quotation marks) yields only 62.Â You’ll note that most of the big media outlets turn up for the first search while mostly local outlets turn up for the second.
So, I decided to do another google search to find the population of each city.Â London has “7,517,700 as of mid 2005,” Cincinnati “364,040.”Â In both cases, I’m not including surrounding areas.Â (That’s .05% of London’s population, but over 1% of Cincinnati’s.)
And of course there’s the added attention paid to London because of the G20 taking place there at present.
Maybe it was the violence of the London protests that called for additional media attention.Â (A google search of “violence London protests” yields 95 times as many hits as that search I did for just plain news about the Cincinnati Tea Party.)
Or maybe it was something else.