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Silently Huddled Around a Screen: Tragedy Still Unites Us



It was 12:30 p.m. sharp when the shots rang out across Dealy Plaza in Dallas. They were quick, salient cracks released in one-second intervals. The weather was unseasonably warm for late November, even by Texas standards. Looking back, though, nobody really cares about the temperature that day

Friday marks 50 years since the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Most people alive in the early ’60s can pinpoint their whereabouts when they received word of Kennedy’s death. Many reference Walter Cronkite’s ominous announcement (below).

And while the medium of delivery has changed over time, from radio to newspapers, TV to the Internet, the memories surrounding such events are carved forever: I was at home eating dinner when I heard the news on the radio; I was getting ready for school while I watched the aftermath; I was at my desk working when I read the tweet Read more…

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