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“Who Is Osama??”

By Taylor Marvin

Some young Facebook and Twitter users seem to have no idea who Osama Bin Laden is:

Is this a problem? Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias seem to think so. I’m not so sure. As Jamelle Bouie points out, most young high school students have no memory of 9/11, and Osama Bin Laden himself hasn’t been a high profile topic in American popular culture since at least 2003. Given the huge numbers of young people broadcasting their thoughts on the internet, it isn’t surprising that there are a few spectacularly uninformed people out of the millions commenting on Bin Laden’s death.

Update: Jonathan Bernstein has a similar take. But on second thought, I’m really curious about what type of people these are. Fine, they’re young enough to not remember 9/11. But surely they’re aware that this country has been at war for the last decade, and probably know someone who has served overseas. Are they not curious at all why we’re fighting? It’s not a huge leap from asking that question to at least basic knowledge about Bin Laden. Or are these people really self-centered enough not to ask at all?

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  1. Daniel Yuan #

    I’d be more concerned that so many young people don’t know how to use google.

    May 4, 2011

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