Yesterday was September 9th, and that is a special date for all those born on that day, as well as for Chile and the USA.
Chileans are still struggling with what happened in 1973 (and with the role of the USA in the coup against the elected president Salvador Allende):
President Michelle Bachelet said on Friday that the truth must still be told and justice still needs to be served for the thousands of victims of the country’s dictatorship…
(Source: Yahoo News)
The USA tend to forget about 1973, with the events of 2001 taking almost mythical proportions. To be clear: in my eyes, both events were horrific tragedies, not just for the people that died on 9/11 of either year and in the aftermath, but also for the world at large.
Using 9/11 as an example, Dave Winer points out that it’s “A good day to think about web history“. On September 9th, 2001, Dave used his blog to link to all kinds of “content” on the web to document what was happening after the attacks on the WTC. Revisiting that page, he concludes:
Every day we lose more of the history of the web. Every day is an opportunity to act to make sure we don’t lose more of it.
I wonder: just imagine that the internet would already have existed in 1973. What would the social media have said about the coup in Chile? Or: just imagine that the internet would not have existed in 2001…?