I did wonder how many college kids in those crowds cheering Sunday night the news kept reporting extensively on, even remembered in detail the events of 9/11. One figures that any herd, regardless of its intent, will attract those without the lights on upstairs.
While this article focuses on people younger than most of those in the crowds (so I guess teens aren’t hearing about 9/11 from their parents or in school) … more surprising to me, is it seems like a good percentage of people, the college age (and even older!), were searching for “Who Is Osama Bin Laden” shortly after the president’s speech Sunday night. Chloe Albanesius writes on PC Mag:
As I watched the crowds outside the White House on Sunday night, it seemed like many were college students from nearby George Washington University, and I wondered what many of them remembered from 9/11, seeing as how they were maybe eight or nine years old at the time.
While that’s probably old enough to remember certain elements of the day, especially if they knew someone affected by the attacks, it appears that some younger teenagers aren’t as up to speed. According to data released yesterday by Yahoo, about 66 percent of those who searched “Who is Osama bin Laden” shortly after the announcement were in the 13 to 17 age bracket.
They were, of course between the ages of 3 and 7 when the attacks occured so the question might not be that shocking. One might argue that at least they’re interested in learning more. Yahoo said that “news of Osama bin Laden’s death seemed to have struck a chord with younger folks who grew up during the war on terrorism.”
But what about the 34 percent of people over 18 searching the same thing? Seems like they might want to check out the news now and then.
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