Seven years ago today, the world changed for all of us—American citizens most certainly, but it seems every person in the world, all 6 billion, have been affected one way or another after two jets collided into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
Today, take a moment to reflect on the thousands of lives that were lost on 9/11/01, and how the world has changed since then.
9/11 ushered in new levels of Internet and digital security, innovations in surveillance technology, and modifications in the methods that information is processed and distributed. Like seeing wars live on our screens and cell phones, millions of people witnessed the second jet crash into the World Trade Center, and at that moment, millions of people felt a collective chill down their spines and knew that this was no accident, this was intentional.
Once, many Americans said they knew exactly what they were doing when it was announced that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and when the first men stepped on the moon. These were events that changed the cultural landscape of the country. Do you recall what you were doing on the morning of 9/11?
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It was a Tuesday morning. I often fall asleep with the radio on because I listen to the Art Bell Show at night. The news on the radio was permeating my dreams, so I was dreaming about jets.
I woke up at 7:30 and listened to what they were saying on the radio…I turned on the TV and saw the reports…I wasn’t sure if I was actually awake yet. I thought, What happened to the world while I was asleep?
I was operating an Internet cafe downtown San Diego at the time (4th and G). People came in to get online and find out what was happening, to email family back east because phone lines were jammed…people were numb, shocked, they didn’t know what was going on — were we being invaded, was this a war, was this all a big accident? Conflicting news was coming through all media…
The streets of downtown were quiet, too quiet…all highrise office buildings had been evacuated by order of the FAA…all jets were grounded…my internet cafe was flooded with stranded people re-booking flights, booking car rentals, printging out news reports…
An employee of the cafe picked a fight with me, his boss…he was from New York and was in such shock that he wanted to fight someone, so decided to attack me…Later, I understood and did not hold it against him — he grew up with the WTC towers always in the skyline, and now that memory had been destroyed and he could not deal with it.
A friend in NY who worked at a hospital told me horror stories, things so strangely tragic that they were kept out of the mainstream media.
An ex-girlfriend of mine had moved to NY just three days before this day…I wondered if she regretted her choice…
My literary agent was in Chicago; he rented a car with two other New Yorkers and they drove back home at 90 mph, to make sure family and friends were okay…
I was 15-years-old and I was in my Sophomore year of high school. I woke up, turned on the radio ad I heard the just the words “…World Trade Center this morning…” and I turned the radio off right away. I really had no idea idea what the World Trade Center was and it was too early in the morning and I was not in the mood for what I thought was just regular talk radio.
No one else in my house was up. I took a shower, took my time getting ready and sat down to watch tv. I turned on the television and on every channel, I saw the news reporter in New York standing in front of the towers and I immediately knew that this was something big.
I sat there in awe, letting my cereal get soggy and then I saw the second plane hit. At this point, it was a apparent that this was no accident. I was horrified to think of what those people in the building or on those planes were going through. It was at this point that I snapped out of it and woke my parents up and told them to turn on the news.
When I went to school that day, in every class we watched the news and did not deviate from the subject. This was the day that I realized that there were more important things and issues in life other than boys, new clothes or going out with friends. This was the day that I grew up.
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