“We all remember where we were when . . .”: Cable news helps dull the memory | Street Jazz

Monday, June 10, 2013

“We all remember where we were when . . .”: Cable news helps dull the memory

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Soon after the Newtown shooting massacre a Republican senator (who later voted against any measures that might threaten the interests of the NRA) said we all remembered where we were when we heard the news.

Not to be cynical, but probably in our living rooms, when we turned on the news. For most of us in today’s world, “where we were” when we may have heard of a major event may only depend upon where we were standing or sitting in our living room or kitchen on any particular day.

There are a handful of events in my life when I recall the exact circumstances when I heard of them, outside of flipping on the news.

When our elementary school class was sent home early, because President Kennedy had been assassinated. Those of us who were Air Force kids wondered “if there was going to be a war tonight.”

When Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in front of so many families on live television I sat in shock, unable to believe what I had just seen, while my father yelled for my mother to come in from the kitchen.

When Robert Kennedy was killed, my mother woke me up to tell me about it.

When the Challenger exploded after take-off, my friend Brent Carroll called me and told me I needed to turn the television on - NOW.

I was working in a chemical lab when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. A friend’s wife called him, and he told the rest of us.

Other than that?

Like most, I suspect, I turned on the news, or read an account on a news service on the Internet. For me, it is difficult to think of any event in the recent past I haven’t heard of directly from anything other than one of those two sources - unless it is “news” that has first been washed in the waters of conspiracy and paranoia.

How about you?

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