Trivia / 9/11

  • Unintentional Period Piece: 9/11 practically was the last major catastrophic event from a time before cell phones started doing more than allowing people to make phone calls and send texts. In any footage of people in the streets following the attacks, only a handful of people are talking on cell phones, and no one has their phone held up in the air to record the carnage. (Most phones at the time didn't have still cameras, much less the capability to film video. YouTube didn't exist at the time, either.) For the record, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 became the first disaster where a majority of first-day footage came from cell phone users.