….don’t know who Osama Bin Laden is.
Naturally the Al Qaeda godfather topped the search engines lists yesterday. On Yahoo, searches about him spiked %100,000. Here’s the disturbing part:
The 5th most popular search question about Osama Bin Laden was, “Who is Osama Bin Laden?”
According to Yahoo,” Nearly 1 in 5 searches for “osama bin laden” are by teenagers, many of who grew up during the war on terrorism”. And teens ages 13-17 made up 66% of searches for “who is osama bin laden?”
You can say it’s nitpicking, (or ask who still uses Yahoo), but I think this is depressing on many levels. Epecially if you read Radley’s excellent post the other day on how Bin Laden ultimately won, as he changed who we are as a country, and for the worse.
I’m sure these teens will one day find out who Bin Laden is (if Wikipedia didn’t already clear it up for them yesterday). But they may not know a world without a “war on terror”, including but not limited to: Gitmo, torture, endless wars, a ruined reputation worldwide, Islamophobia, assassination lists that include American citizens, illegal government spying on US citizens, the TSA, an overall vanishing list of civil liberties, and again, endless wars. Not to mention who the hell knows what else is to come.
And I bet you their parents or teachers wont tell them that all of this was a reaction, and not what we had to do.
On a lighter note, teenagers these days will get to makeout with a robotic tongue.
[Posted by Alyona Minkovski]