Here is a simple question: Which cities mention Madagascar-related news ?
It is worth asking because at this stage, Madagascar is not really driving engine search crazy except when animated movies are about to come out (no comment).
The bigger question is who would be interested to know more about Madagascar and news from what regions (countries, cities) would generate the most interest from Malagasy people ?
The reasons for this question are 2 fold:
1) a question asked by l'observatoire des medias and Ethan Zuckerman: "It would be interesting to study the interest clusters for each nation" I understand that Ethan pose the question of the interest from medias from a specific nation towards the rest of the world.
2) From my narrow-minded perspective, I then asked which medias are talking about Madagascar and I also try to have an idea of what Malagasy media are talking about (beside Madagascar).
Even by narrowing the fields in such manner (a nation relatively absent from news and it's medias very focused on internal news), I realized that I would not be able to come up with a comprehensive enough map if I extended the map to a larger chuck of time. So I restricted my search to mid-April and May only on google news, topix.com and a few others French and Malagasy MSM and came up with the map below:
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The data presented is too shallow to be significant but the fun part is that I added a description for each placemark that links to the URL that mentions Madagascar.
You will be surprised to see why Minneapolis, Abilene or Zurich are talking about Madagascar.
My hope is to eventually add the data from the articles translated by the Malagasy Global Voices Lingua project and compare the regions mentioned to those addressed by Malagasy news media.
On the map, you will see that red placemarks are in theory news from Malagasy MSM about other cities ( it's very incomplete at this point) and in blue, outside media talking about Madagascar ( more complete). Again this is only from articles published within the past 2 months and with an avoidable bias towards Anglophone medias.
If you are a map geek and have a more efficient way to go about this, please don't hesitate to take over.