China’s Rise Named Decade’s Most Read News Story

China is officially the story of the decade, according to research by Global Language Monitor. Reuters reports:

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.

December 7, 2009, 9:24 PM
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