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+James Cook is presenting at the #WWW2012 conference today on his intern project at #GoogleResearch last summer, joint with +Atish Das Sarma, +Andrew Tomkins, and me.

There is lots of talk about modern media, Twitter, etc, making our attention spans shrink. But we found evidence of exactly the opposite. Interested? Take a look at our study, looking at how long people stayed in the news over the course of 116 years, based on the Google News Archive.

Our paper is at , and we hope that it's pretty accessible to casual interested readers.
Abstract: Did celebrity last longer in 1929, 1992 or 2009? We investigate the phenomenon of fame by mining a collection of news articles that spans the twentieth century, and also perform a side study...
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