New Year: Bombs, Myself, and the Internet

The rest of the world was counting down to the first moment of the New Year, except Thailand. I was in bed when the first three or four bombs took place. I woke up in the late morning and prepared to call my relatives and friends in Thailand to say Happy New Year to them. (Note: It’s 12 hours time difference.) I was surprised that many of my friends, who were usually having a party at that time of the year, were already in bed. Because I woke them up in the middle of the night, I learned about the bombardment in Bangkok since then.

Besides my family, friends, and mainstream media in Thailand, citizenjournalists are shining again. By searching on Technorati and Google blog search, most of the posts are copying/responding to the mainstream media. However, a couple of blogs have live reports on the event.

  • Bangkok Pandit has a very detailed live blogging. The timestamp on this particular post, as it was supposed to be the stamp for celebratory countdown, uses to contextualize the dull and sad moment of Thailand’s New Year’s Eve.
  • gnarlykitty also did live blog. I like the way she called the officials as “National Police dudes”.
  • The Lost boy has a live report from the field with sensational images.
  • A bunch of folks created and update a topic “2006 Bangkok bombings” in Wikipedia. The article cites/collects a number of mainstream news pieces.
  • uthaisak‘s channel on youtube has a number of video capturing from Thai television about the bombs.

At the time of writing, there are two live videos regarding the bombings on Youtube. The first one is from Saphan Kwai (Buffalo bridge), also featured on 2Bangkok.com.

Another one is a shot from World Trade Center which happened later.

At this moment, many virtual communities are discussing about who actually did it and who to blame also. However, one of the interesting topics is the interpretation of the “IRK” like signs that polices found around a couple of places where the bombs took place.

Tag graffiti found around the bombs
(Photo captured by honeymon apparently from TV, Pantip.com)

CNS assumes that the bombers made them for misleading the investigation. A number of people in Rajdumnern room on Pantip.com discussed that the “IRK” (read like “irie”) is the graffiti tag of B-Boy (somewhat break-dancers) group. (See also posts in Rajdumnern [1] [2] [3] [4] (member only), 3kingdoms online: all are in Thai and may not be permanent posts)

Another topic [in Thai] suspects one of the posts in Rachada room, vehicle and sound-specific room, asking where is the center of Bangkok posted by anonymous named DiY on December 21.

icyz asked people to interpret whether the location of the bombs has any meanings (in Thai). A couple of people thought it is like the map of the south of Thailand.

Bomb locations in Bangkok
(Photo by icyz, Pantip.com)

Well… Well… Well…

One response to “New Year: Bombs, Myself, and the Internet

  1. อือ.. พอเห็นรูปอักษรย่อจิงๆแล้วก็เห็นด้วยว่าคงเป็นเหตุบังเอิญซะมากกว่า แต่ก็ไม่น่าไปตัดประเด็นเรื่องปัญหาอย่างเร็วเกินไป

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