Mis-remembering 9/11

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A funny article on an unlikely study, nevertheless reinforcing the myth. Who cares if you can’t remember where you were on 9/11, as long as you remember that Osama sim Laden did it from his supercave.

In contrast to poor memory of personal details, Americans recalled the actual events of 9/11 remarkably well. Researchers found that the people surveyed recalled event information about 80% accurately at all time intervals after the initial survey. Some inaccurate memories tended to be corrected over time, likely a consequence of frequent media reports on the topic, Hirst says.

via Why 40% of Americans Misremember Their 9/11 Experience | TIME.

You can always email the author of the study if you want more details. www.newschool.edu/NSSR/faculty…

John Adams sent this exemplary article:

In this week’s series premiere of The Carrie Diaries, the new Sex and the City prequel that takes place in the 1980s, a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw is seen working and shopping in Lower Manhattan, presumably right near the World Trade Center, but there is no reference to the Twin Towers. Turns out that was a conscious decision, and one that echoes how the franchise has approached the iconic buildings since September 11, 2001.


History is being constantly rewritten.

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  1. farcevalue

    Hilarious. I was a video engineer on a corporate event and the client asked us to connect the cable feed to the big screens in the meeting rooms. Shortly after the second “plane” impact, pandemonium ensued as all the attendees evacuated to try and change their flights. I remember exactly where I was and who I was with.

    But that time I was in a helicopter taking live rounds into the airframe is all a little fuzzy. I guess life or death scenarios tend to recede into the background causing us to misremember. (Sarcasm disclaimer for Chinese readers).

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