At least that’s what I’ve heard from my parents since I was a kid. And generally, I’ve always thought the majority of my generation has been too distracted with television and technology to care.
But maybe it’s not just us. Another intern and I spent half of today getting video of random Oklahomans’ memories of the moon landing in 1969 for its 40th anniversary. America landing on the moon before the rest of the world – a giant leap for mankind, right?
I sure thought so. But the responses I got proved otherwise.
“No, I don’t really have much of a memory. I knew it happened, but…”
“I was too busy worrying about boys to watch it back then.”
“I remember when Kennedy was shot but didn’t pay much attention to the moon.”
“I drank a lot back then.”
Is our generation that different? Are some people just the type to not care about the news while others do? I’m starting to think so. The idea of my generation’s preoccupation with social media and celebrity have always bothered me, but I’m starting to think we didn’t do it all to ourselves.
What major events do you remember if not landing on the moon?
Perhaps people have always been the same. After all, we are all just human. But if the U.S. ever lands on Mars, I bet most people are going to remember the date.
Or at least the date Jon and Kate file for divorce.