Vous connaissez le hit-parade des clics les plus populaires chez Yahoo, Google,  et les autres, voici les sujets sur lesquels l’internaute a le plus cliqué en consultant BBC world News les plus hauts en 2011. Ce qui nous offre une visibilité plus internationale et moins hexagonale. On y remarque que si les événements politiques et environnementaux restent internationaux, chaque pays à son ou ses scandales: DSK ici, le scandale Rupert Murdoch en Grande-Bretagne avec les écoutes téléphoniques qui ont entrainé la fermeture du News of the World.

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And then the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which had been rumbling for years, suddenly burst into public view, engulfing several careers, dragging several other newspapers into the argument and alerting us to Hugh Grant’s middle name.

There were, as in any year, a number of natural disasters but in terms of death toll no single catastrophe to compare with the Bam earthquake in 2003, the tsunami in 2004 or the Sichuan quake in 2008. That said it’s an uncomfortable truth that people in the West have a more intense reaction to such events befalling advanced, developed places such as Japan and New Zealand, compared to the response when they happen elsewhere.

So was 2011 really a big news year, like 1956, 1968 or 1989? Or is it just that each news story that rolls into view is now immediately seized on not just by the news media but by bloggers and Tweeters and Google+-ers who analyse it from every known political and religious and philosophical standpoint, with a good few conspiracy theories thrown in, so everything seems bigger and more complex – and usually far worse – than it might have done otherwise?

And even those who don’t see themselves as part of either mainstream or unofficial media have taken the chance to peek behind Oz’s curtain, to see how politicians and journalists and bankers and lobbyists have tweaked reality to their own ends.

In the end that – rather than any revolution or riot or earthquake or media scandal – may turn out to be the biggest, most historically significant story of the year.

Tim Footman is author of The Noughties 2000-2009: A Decade that Changed the World

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Comme tous les ans, Google nous sort lui aussi son classement des mots-clés les plus recherchés selon chaque Pays. Le classement mondial, tous pays et toutes langues confondues s’établit comme suit pour les reqêtes avec la plus forte progression en 2011 :

1. Rebecca Black (âgée de 13 ans, cette chanteuse fait un buzz énorme avec sa chanson Friday vue 167 millions de fois sur Youtube)
2. Google +
3. Ryan Dunn (le membre de Jackass et Viva La Bam, décédé dans un accident de voiture)
4. Casey Anthony (accusée du meurtre de sa fille aux US, le verdict la rend non coupable)
5. Battlefield 3
6. iPhone 5
7. Adele (consécration internationale pour cette chanteuse britannique de 22 ans. Qui ne connait pas Someone like you)
8. 東京 電力 (TEPCO, exploitant de la Centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon)
9. Steve Jobs (mort du fondateur d’Apple)
10. iPad2