12 years ago today, our country bore witness to one of the most catastrophic attacks on domestic soil. As time passes, so does the memory for some. Others, it’s as fresh in their minds as if it happened yesterday. It’s important that we do not forget those lost in these attacks, and remember to be thankful for what we do have.
With that being said, we’ve seen a few major events unfold across the globe (and even here) with the advent of social media. During the Connecticut school shooting, we received real time updates from in field reporters and news agencies before the news broadcast it on TV. During the Boston marathon bombing, onsite spectators were tweeting what was happening around them, describing the chaotic events as they unfolded.
Social media has turned the table on news. Where it used to be all of the information was held by a few major networks and distributed in a scheduled time manner (print or tv), now EVERYONE has the ability to publish real time news.
If Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., all had existed during the 9/11 attacks, how do you think this would have affected those involved directly and indirectly? Think about first responders and those on the ground in the immediate area. What implications could social media had? Positive and negative?
Make your post in class today (9/11)