The Page That Counts: Fall 2012

Number of companies controlling 90 percent of the media in 1983: 50. In 2011? 6.
Olympic Rings by Graeme Pow

Photo by Graeme Pow

Estimated cost of the 2012 London Olympics: $14.1 billion [1]

Estimated cost of the 2004 Athens Olympics: $1.6 billion

Actual cost of the 2004 Athens Olympics: $16 billion [2]

Number of buildings built for the Athens Olympics: 22

Number of those buildings still in use: 1 [3]


Number of times New York City police stopped and frisked black and Latino kids ages 14-18 in 2011: 120,000

Population of black and Latino boys ages 14-18 in New York City: 177,000 [4]


Particle collisions analyzed in experiments to find Higgs boson particle: 500 trillion [5]

Weight of newly discovered suspected Higgs boson particle in gigaelectronvolts: 125.3

Amount of matter in the universe that would have mass without the Higgs boson: 0 [6]


Percentage of articles in The New Yorker with a woman’s byline in 2011: 26.447

Percentage of women graduates from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2012: 608


Calories in one large baked potato: 278 [9]

Calories in that same potato made into chips: 360 [10]

Number of pounds lost in one year by cutting 100 calories a day: 5 [11]

Percentage of potato crop consumed by Americans in processed forms: 72 [12]


Percentage of Americans who believed that news is often influenced by powerful people and organizations, 1985: 53

Percentage of Americans who believed that news is often influenced by powerful people and organizations, 2011: 80 [13]

Number of companies controlling 90 percent of the media, 1983: 50

Number of companies controlling 90 percent of the media, 2011: 6 [14]


Average cost of an individual health insurance policy in the U.S. in 2011: $5,429 [15]

Amount spent in the U.S. on cosmetic procedures in 2011: $10 billion [16]


Length of time, in years, of video uploaded to YouTube every day: 8

Number of users who visit YouTube each month: 800 million

Number of page views YouTube receives each year: 1 trillion [17]


Weight difference, in pounds, between frequent chocolate eaters (who weigh less) and infrequent chocolate eaters: 5-7 [18]