Saturday, December 27, 2014

Top news and separated world

In the end of the year, many media report "top news of this year" every year. Reminding the past to summarize the current condition is worthy in terms of both confirming our footprints and learning from past failures.

The Guardian published the top 10 news stories. They are;

 1. The Great 2014 Celebrity Nude Photos Leak is only the beginning
 2. Sydney siege is over, say police, as hostages flee the scene – as it happened
 3.  D-Day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive
 4. Robin Williams’s death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish
 5. The Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no – as it happened
 6. Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws
 7. Rosetta mission: Philae makes historic first landing on comet
 8. ‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’
 9. US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany
10. Optic nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ 

The Guardian: The 10 top news stories of 2014 on

This list is ordered by page view. So, it is reasonable that articles with a sensational title such as "nude" or "vagina" are ranked in. I have known some contents of the news, in particular, celebrity nudes leak, Robin Williams, Scotland, and Ebola. But I have not read any articles cited.

On the other hand, some domestic media also published top 10 news of the year. Based on the vote by readers of Yomiuri Shinbun, the top 10 domestic news is;

 1. Eruption of Ontake volcano killed 57 people, 6 still missing
 2. Hike of consumption tax to 8%
 3. Nobel prize to 3 researchers invented blue LED
 4. Kei Nishikori won runner-up in the US open
 5. General election of lower house to assess Abenomics
 6. Land slide disaster in Hiroshima killed 74 people
 7. STAP cell fabrication case
 8. Several medals got in Sochi Olympic
 9. Tomioka silk factory certified as World Heritage
10. Ken Takakura pass away

Yomiuri: Top 10 news in Japan (in Japanese)

I mentioned most of the news listed in my past entries, indeed. I have known all of them but Tomioka silk factory. It is ironic that natural disaster is listed twice.

My past entry: Ontake volcano eruption
My past entry: Article 9 of the constitution as a candidate of Nobel Prize
My past entry: Nishikori challenge Federer in ATP finals
My past entry: Consumption tax election by Abe is absurd
My past entry: Cheating case in science (1)
My past entry: Murder case in Sochi Olympic [fake] is also carrying up the voting to impressive news. The current rankings are;

 1. Ukraine crisis
 2. Ebola pandemic
 3. Hike of consumption tax
 4. Bank of Japan intervened to weaken Yen
 5. Isis rising and bombing by the US
 6. Nobel Prize to Nakamura et al.
 7. Questionable STAP cell paper retracted
 8. Kei Nishikori won the semi-champion
 9. Malaysian airplane missing case
10. Collective self-defense approved by the Cabinet

Though some world news attracted the attention of Japanese people, our eyes seem gazing domestic issues.

According to Epoc Times, originated in China, the top 10 world news are below;

 1. Ebola pandemic
 2. Malaysian airplane missing
 3. Ukraine crisis
 4. Korean ferry sinking
 5. Germany won the champion in World Cup
 6. Malaysian airplane shot down
 7. Scotland independence vote
 8. Isis and bombing by the US
 9. the US midterm election
10. Michael Brown killed by the police

Similar to other sites, but Asian cases were emphasized.

I wonder how can people share these issues. There are too much information in the world for us to investigate. We have to focus on limited matters. In the near future, this type of articles will be no more established, I guess.

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