I found out about yesterday’s Pakistan bombings from 10×10, ‘an interactive exploration of the words and pictures which define the time’ which (to quote from the How It Works page) works by taking feeds from several leading international news sources (BBC, New York Times and Reuters), and performs an (opaque, beware) involved process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour’s most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories.
From 10×10 it would seem that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are pretty faint news compared to ‘palestinian’, ‘gaza, ‘hamas’ and ‘israeli’. Sri Lanka hit 60 years old yesterday (despite the end of the ceasefire and resumption of conflict with Tamil separatists with the explict, alarming aim of wiping them out, nobody seems inclined to 60ycott Sri Lanka). The Tigers exploded a civilian bus in Welioya killing 12 people and blew up a soldier in Buttala. That day there was also a suicide bombing of a military bus full of doctors in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in which 6 people died.