LOS ANGELES Nov 7 (Reuters Life!) - The rise of China as
an economic superpower was the most read news story of the past
decade, surpassing the Iraq War and the attacks of Sept. 11,
according to an analysis by a U.S.-based media tracking group.
The Global Language Monitor, which uses an algorithm to
search printed and electronic media and the Internet for trends
in word usage, said there was strong interest in the Asian
powerhouse, which is the world's third biggest economy.
"The rise of China to new economic heights has changed -
and continues to challenge - the current international order,"
said Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor.
"It is with little surprise that its ongoing transformation
has topped all other news stories in a decade bespotted by war,
economic catastrophe, and natural disasters."
He said the list was compiled based on the number of
citations over the course of the decade on the Internet, the
blogosphere, including social media, as well as the top 50,000
print and electronic media sites.
The China story topped news about the 2003 Iraq War, the Sept.
11, 2001 attacks, the ensuing war on terror, and the sudden
death this year of Michael Jackson at the age of 50.
Completing the top 10 list were the election of Barack
Obama to the U.S. presidency last year, the global recession of
2008/9, Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005,
the war in Afghanistan, and the onset of the economic meltdown.
Here is The Global Language Monitor's list of the top 15
stories of the decade:
1. Rise of China - The biggest story of the decade,
outdistancing the No. 2 Internet story by 400 percent.
2. Iraq War - The buildup, invasion, hunt for weapons of
mass destruction, and the increase of U.S. troops in Iraq were
top in print and electronic media outlets.
3. Sept. 11 attacks - The attacks on New York City and
Washington DC seemed to set the tone for the new decade.
4. War on Terror - President George W. Bush's response to
the Sept. 11 attacks.
5. Death of Michael Jackson - A remarkably high ranking
considering his death occurred in the final year of the
6. Election of Obama as president - The rallying cries of
"hope" and "Yes, we can!" resulting in the historic election of
an African-American to the U.S. presidency.
7. Global Recession of 2008/9 - The on-going world economic
restructuring as opposed to the initial "economic meltdown" or
8. Hurricane Katrina - New Orleans was devastated when the
levies collapsed with scenes of death and destruction shocking
millions the world over.
9. War in Afghanistan - Now in its eighth year.
10. Economic Meltdown/Financial Tsunami.
11. Beijing Olympics.
12. South Asian Tsunami which left 230,000 dead or missing.
13. War against the Taliban.
14. Death of Pope John Paul II attended by 2 million.
15. Osama bin Laden eludes capture.
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, editing by Miral Fahmy)