Where Were You?

People often say they remember exactly where they were when Kennedy was shot or when they heard some other world-changing piece of news. In the future, we’ll all remember where we were when someone famous died or some big news broke: Right here in front of our computers. In The New Yorker, Paul Ford and Matt Buchanan take a look at how we gather now, and we share the news when someone like Philip Seymour Hoffman dies unexpectedly. “Death still means that people go looking for answers, but now they use Google. Real-time chronology, trending subjects, and curated news feeds mean that the Internet, with its mix of individual expression and automated sorting, writes the first draft of the eulogy.”

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