Friday, January 28, 2005

World Economic Forum VS. World Social Forum

The World Economic Forum is holding its annual meeting 26-30 January, 2005 in Davos, Switzerland. At the same time the World Social Forum, the “antidote to Davos,” is holding its annual meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since we are about half way through the meetings I thought I would check to see how they are being covered, to include Fox News, CNN, and others. I searched each web site and counted articles that have appeared since January 24, 2005, two days before the forums began. The results are in the table below.

News Sources

World Economic Forum

World Social Forum

CNN

9

1

Fox

0

0

BBC

12

13

AP

18

1

Reuters

60+

1

MSNBC

20

8

ABC

2

0

CBS

2

0


[Note: Reuters had 100 hits on its site but many of the articles seemed to be duplicates so it was difficult to count. Some articles had information about each forum so they are double counted.]


The above shows that it definitely pays to read more than one source. If you only read Fox News, you would not know that the forums were even going on.


Here is some information on the forums from their web sites:

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.

http://www.weforum.org/

The WSF proposed to debate alternative means to building a globalization in solidarity, which respects universal human rights and those of all men and women of all nations and the environment, and is grounded in democratic international systems and institutions at the service of social justice, equality and the sovereignty of peoples.

http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/noticias_01.php?cd_news=1429&cd_language=2

2 comments:

Blind Tangerine Jones said...

Nice couch-potato media-blogging project. Interrogate your TV!

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