Saturday ResearchBuzz, September 11, 2021

This edition is all September 11 content. The other editions today will be as usual. Thinking of everybody today. Everybody, everywhere.


Seacoastonline: ‘Stories make us human’: Kennebunk museum catalogs how Mainers remember 9/11 attacks . “Each one of us who was alive and old enough on Sept. 11, 2001, has a personal story to tell about that moment in history, when terrorists hijacked planes, used them as missiles against symbols of American economic and military might, and dealt the nation one of its darkest and deadliest tragedies. In Kennebunk, many of those local personal stories are captured in the Brick Store Museum’s new online exhibit, ’20 Years Later: Community Memories of 9/11.'”

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries opens ‘Intelligence and Oversight After 9/11’ exhibit online. “Using select materials from the archives of Senator Jay Rockefeller, the exhibit and digital collection explore how the intelligence community and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The exhibit text is derived from the Memorandum for the Record regarding a review of Senator John D. Rockefeller’s Service on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: 2001-2015.”


Associated Press: AP PHOTOS: 20 images that documented the enormity of 9/11. “The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were captured in countless pictures by news photographers, bystanders, first responders, security cameras, FBI agents and others. Even an astronaut on the International Space Station took some. Twenty years later, The Associated Press has curated 20 of its photographers’ frames from Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers used commercial planes as missiles and crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and toppled the trade center’s 110-story twin towers.”


Smithsonian Magazine: Free Online Resources About 9/11 . “Individuals hoping to learn more about this multifaceted history may find it difficult to know where to start. To support this search, Smithsonian has compiled a list of 12 free resources that deepen readers’ understanding of the September 11 attacks and their complicated, painful legacy. From the Library of Congress to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, these archives, databases and web platforms help researchers and members of the public alike make sense of one of the most defining events of the 21st century.”

Larry Ferlazzo: Five New & Useful Resources For 9/11 Lesson Plans. “Understandably, the Web is awash with lesson plan ideas for 9/11. Here are some that I think are fairly useful.”


CNN: Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash. “Adobe ending support for Flash — its once ubiquitous multimedia content player — last year meant that some of the news coverage of the September 11th attacks and other major events from the early days of online journalism are no longer accessible. For example, The Washington Post and ABC News both have broken experiences within their September 11th coverage, viewable in the Internet Archive. CNN’s online coverage of September 11th also has been impacted by the end of Flash.”

FEMA: Behind the Lenses: Paul Luke Reflects on how 9/11 Changed the Way FEMA Documents Disasters. “FEMA Broadcast Operations Manager Paul Luke had been working in broadcast television for 25 years when the terrorist attacks of September 11 changed the nation- and his life.”

Fox 16: Why the 9/11 Museum & Memorial uses ‘sky blue’ in its tributes. “In recent years, the 9/11 Museum & Memorial has encouraged buildings across New York City to light up their rooftops or facades in remembrance of those who were killed during the attacks on September 11. Specifically, the city’s iconic buildings will be illuminated in a striking sky blue — a color that holds special significance for the organization, and the city as a whole.”


Wired: 20 Years After 9/11, Surveillance Has Become a Way of Life. “It’s harder to get lost amid constant tracking. It’s also harder to freely gather when the public spaces between home and work are stripped away. Known as third places, they are the connective tissue that stitches together the fabric of modern communities: the public park where teens can skateboard next to grandparents playing chess, the library where children can learn to read and unhoused individuals can find a digital lifeline. When third places vanish, as they have since the attacks, communities can falter.”


Poynter: How Sept. 11 helped shape modern misinformation and conspiracy theories. “The attacks and their aftermath also helped reshape, and in some ways turbocharge, the misinformation and conspiracy theory industry — encouraging people to turn to the internet for answers; demonstrating the power of ‘Plandemic’-style videos; fueling distrust of powerful institutions like the FBI, the intelligence community and the mainstream media; stoking fears of real and perceived enemies, including immigrants, Muslims and the surveillance state; and heightening a feeling of lost control, everywhere from airports to ballgames.”

Fast Company: Did you live through 9/11? Tell future generations about it with an AI-powered interactive video. “Over the coming days, social media channels will be awash in people honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as well as recounting their experiences on that day through tweets and Facebook posts. But one startup is offering users a unique way for people to tell their story of 9/11: by creating an AI-powered oral history video.”


Inside Edition: Retired Flight Attendant Walks From Boston to New York City to Honor 9/11 Victims While Pushing Cart. “A retired flight attendant is currently walking from Boston to New York City to honor his fallen colleagues and the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks while pushing a beverage cart in the process.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Thanks so much for this edition, Tara (I mean, besides all the other editions I feel grateful for, every day). Thinking of you today (I mean, besides all the other days).

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