Trivia / 9/11

  • Unintentional Period Piece: The September 11th attack was the last major catastrophic event to take place before the era of camera phones. Most phones at the time didn't have still cameras, much less the capability to film video, nor were there any social media websites where they could be shared. 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. Three years later was the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the first disaster where a majority of first-day footage came from cell phone users. YouTube, which did not exist in 2001, was in part created to allow eyewitnesses of that and future disasters to share said footage.