French news sites linking to other media

Currently working on hyperlink networks around French news sites (and more specifically news sites related to traditional media outlets). The first visualizations are challenging, and especially this one which shows the links from the news sites I explored to other media sites (including sites that are not news sites per se) with the colors representing the ownership.

(the image needs a lot of editing to be readable, it’s a first, rough version)

What is fascinating is that some sites belonging to the same owner form really tight clusters (the blue cluster at the top of the graph = sites owned by Lagardère, for example). They are close on the graph because they are linked, and not because I decided that they should be close…

I still must figure what to do with that (and write the paper about it). Clearly, media ownership matters when it comes to linking, but that does not explain all the links.


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