Marc Ventresca passed along a neat wired article, describing the work of Kalev Leetaru, a research fellow at Georgetown. Leetaru did a cluster analyses of news report data to define regions in the globe.
The regions produce the following map:
The regions are mostly sensible… you can really see the legacy of European colonialism.
The full article addresses a wide range of issues — such as the “tone” of news reports, which Leetaru suggests is predictive of events.
One nit to pick: Leetaru describes his research as a new field of “culturomics”… whereas it looks to me like conventional quantitative social science. I guess the lesson is that “omics” is more rigorous than “ology”. Well, time to get back to work… doing cutting-edge sociomics!