America's Global Standing According to Popular News Sites From Around the World

Elad Segev*, Menahem Blondheim

*Corresponding author for this work

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The growing popularity and use of news Web sites around the world provides new possibilities for studying the position of the United States in the world system charted by digital news items. In this article, we look at 35 popular news sites in 10 different languages over a 2-year period, in order to assess the position of the United States in world news as well as to identify possible explanations for it. Our findings show that the United States is by far the most prominent country in the news sites that we studied from around the world, except for the French and Arabic ones. The network structure of news links clearly exhibits its key position as the centerpiece of a global system. Economic factors better explain America's news prominence than political, social, and geographical factors. Yet, none of the many variables we examined could explain the large gap between the news prominence of the United States and that of the rest of the world. We discuss possible reasons for these findings and suggest directions for further studies in the field.[Supplementary material is available for this article. Go to the publisher's online edition of Political Communication for the following free supplemental resource: network data.].

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)139-161
Number of pages23
JournalPolitical Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Americanization
  • globalization
  • hegemony
  • international news
  • network analysis
  • news flow
  • news links
  • news prominence
  • news sites


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