Monday, February 19, 2007

User generated history

I've been meaning to start a web site, blog, what have you, for a good decade or so now. So what got me to finally take some action? A short news clip that I think says a whole lot about where we are and where we have come in just a few generations.

The user-made movie clip shows President John F. Kennedy just seconds before he was assassinated. What is especially interesting about this clip is that it was only recently made public at the urging of the maker's son-in-law—more than 4o years after the event. ``Everyone who captured the motorcade before the assassination thinks their pictures are unimportant,'' said the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum (as quoted in a New York Times article), which is dediacted to the events of the assassination.

What a major change in perception we have experienced in just a few generations. In the age of YouTube can you imagine anyone not thinking that their video isn't important?

The Kennedy assassination was the first time the U.S. witnessed tragedy and mourned together via the media. Today, we have been empowered by media to publish every un-profound detail of our lives, good or bad. What a change in our collective psyche.