I am reminded often of how young I am in my office, and how I may not know some things from pop culture or recent history. I suppose this is just a fact of life, but the brilliant writers at xkcd.com shared an eye-opening view of when most Americans will forget or not know about certain events in American history. At first, I thought it was insensitive to say that most Americans will have “forgotten” (put out of primary consciousness) 9/11 by 2036. But I suppose it is a harsh reality that events that are on the forefront of our minds now, and that are so ingrained in our culture now, will not necessarily be a part of how those future generations view the world.
And it’s true, I don’t remember the 70s because I wasn’t there. I know of them, but I wasn’t there to actually remember them. And that goes for quite a few of those early items for me.
Are there any events/things that you are surprised to see on the list? Any thoughts on national memory?