News Stream by Manuel Reitz

Conflicts, elections and politics, sports and weather, the public focus is constantly changing. Hardly any topic gets enduring attention and new headlines dominate media everyday. But how long does public interest last? How are different topics perceived and are there any recognizable coherences?

«NEWS STREAM» tries to show exemplarily the development of seven news topics that were ever-present in Germany in 2013. Using the archive of Spiegel Online – one of Germany’s most-read news pages – every article on each topic gets registered. The impact of each article is visualized by bringing in the number of comments and facebook-likes. In addition headlines of the five most commented and liked articles are listed below and serve as orientation.