Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the september 11th attacks, and it passed with the usual volume of memorials, think pieces, and status reports on the forever changed post 9-11 America. But one thing that seems conspicuously absent from the web are “of the moment” accounts of the attacks as they were taking place.
The web of 2001 was much less immediate and interactive. Today, we would have an incredible corpus of by-the-minute reactions to the event, but 13 years ago, live interaction that remains archived and available in perpetuity was scarce. Yesterday, the Smithsonian ran an article about one of the best primary digital documents, a thread on the website Metafilter of people’s reactions to the event as it happened. 

Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the september 11th attacks, and it passed with the usual volume of memorials, think pieces, and status reports on the forever changed post 9-11 America. But one thing that seems conspicuously absent from the web are “of the moment” accounts of the attacks as they were taking place.

The web of 2001 was much less immediate and interactive. Today, we would have an incredible corpus of by-the-minute reactions to the event, but 13 years ago, live interaction that remains archived and available in perpetuity was scarce. Yesterday, the Smithsonian ran an article about one of the best primary digital documents, a thread on the website Metafilter of people’s reactions to the event as it happened. 

We’re pretty sure Brooke is supposed to be Padme (Amidala) here. I’m sure you’ll let us know if we’re wrong. Here’s the rest:
 
Mace Windu  (Glynn Washington)
Anakin Skywalker (Ira)
Senator Organa (Jad)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Terry Gross)
 Crafted (with affection, I assume) by WFAE, Charlotte, NC

We’re pretty sure Brooke is supposed to be Padme (Amidala) here. I’m sure you’ll let us know if we’re wrong. Here’s the rest:

 

Mace Windu  (Glynn Washington)

Anakin Skywalker (Ira)

Senator Organa (Jad)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Terry Gross)

 Crafted (with affection, I assume) by WFAE, Charlotte, NC

There is a tiny Twitter tempest going on right now regarding an article on The Atlantictoday by freelancer Dave Eagle, about finding out his 9-year-old son was viewing pornography. The anger is over whether Eagle’s son is too young to decide if he wanted his real name to be used, and how this article, which will likely live in perpetuity on the web, will affect him in the future. Did this article violate his son’s right to privacy?

There is a tiny Twitter tempest going on right now regarding an article on The Atlantictoday by freelancer Dave Eagle, about finding out his 9-year-old son was viewing pornography. The anger is over whether Eagle’s son is too young to decide if he wanted his real name to be used, and how this article, which will likely live in perpetuity on the web, will affect him in the future. Did this article violate his son’s right to privacy?


Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda. Or at least he worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign. On the latest episode of TLDR, Alex talks to Steve about inadvertently exposing the Rwandan government’s most prolific troll, and being banned from the country as a result.

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda. Or at least he worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign. On the latest episode of TLDR, Alex talks to Steve about inadvertently exposing the Rwandan government’s most prolific troll, and being banned from the country as a result.