Meanwhile we are working on the development of Bursting the Bubble. Bursting the Bubble is a data driven exploration of our networked news culture, in which we record the publication behavior in the press and make it publicly accessible.
Today, our media consumption behavior is completely controlled online by algorithms and feedback loops that have become a permanent part of social media and the hunt for clicks. Online news media give high priority to commercially driven metrics over editorial consideration for the benefit of social discourse.
Articles on issues such as sustainability, crime, religion and refugee issues generate polarised discussions in social media: clicks guaranteed. Or was it really about news value? Was the publication intended to inform, attract attention or manipulate?
How is the news highlighted in different media? Where is news in the political and emotional spectrum? Which media offer neutral or biased news? What is the most nuanced medium in the Netherlands?
With Bursting the Bubble we use artificial intelligence (AI) to gain insight into the multiformity and framing of reporting. The project focuses on both the registration of the publication of text and images of 50 public media channels. The plan is to investigate the positioning of Dutch news media in the media landscape, with the aim of mapping the division and unity of the Netherlands.
Bursting the Bubble has been honoured with a grant from SIDN Fund. The first results of the project will be published in September 2019.