Remembering 9/11 Through Internet Screengrabs

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September 11, 2001, was my second day on the job at Duke University's Office of Student Development, an unglamorous post-graduate internship I accepted after failing miserably at finding a real job. I answered the phone and greeted visitors. Soon after the planes hit the Twin Towers, those phones started ringing off the hook. The most gut-wrenching call came from a distraught mother in Pakistan whose son was in his second week of college. She'd heard America was under attack and needed to know how close those attacks were to Durham, North Carolina.

I remember struggling to find news on regular websites—I sped home at lunch to pick up my clock radio to better monitor the news. A gentleman named Philip Bump apparently had better luck on the web than I did that day, because he was able to take screenshots of the coverage. It's a fascinating look back at the day of the attacks, and at how we got our online news in 2001.

Here's a link to the slideshow on mediaite.com.

[Via Patrick Gavin's Twitter page.]

September 11, 2009 - 8:11am
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