- Jul 2, 2021
The thing about history is though, it's the reason why everything happening now is happening. Just because young people don't understand what 9/11 was doesn't mean that it hasn't drastically shaped the world they live in. The war that started because of that event only just ended, this year. There's been two decades of war because of that event. Almost the entirety of a lot of those people's lives.If you were alive during those moments I'm sure they had a massive impact on you, and perhaps if culture hadn't accelerated at the warp speed that it has there would be a lasting cultural memory of those events outside of zoomers being asked to memorize such and such historical date for tomorrows test.
Let me give you an example, 9/11; even today you can go ask some random 30 year old where they were on 9/11, and they'll most likely reply with some long winded spiel about how traumatic it was etc etc. However ask anyone below 25 and they're likely to reply "I don't know, I was too young to remember, or wasn't born". For this demographic 9/11 is a nothingburger, its a thing that boomers lament, and we're forced to show some sort of somber attitude towards. In reality by the time I was in middle school 9/11 jokes were everywhere, and most kids had nothing but irreverence for said event. Realistically the only reason it's even memorable for zoomers is because of the film, and the fact that the event is literally referred to by the date on which it occurred.