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The Bin Laden Effect

Last night my wife and I browsed videos of this weekend’s White House Correspondence Dinner through our Apple TV, and thought our night of entertainment was complete once Obama and Seth Meyers were done tearing into every imaginable target, most brutally Donald Trump. As she headed to the bedroom and I switched the TV’s input back to DirecTV, I was floored by the headline on CNN; Osama Bin Laden is Dead. Over the next few hours, the story unfolded with a speech from Obama (brilliant, btw), details of the assault in Abbottabad, and crowds gathering out front of the White House, Time Square, and Ground Zero. To that last point, even though I’m uncomfortable with the idea of so many people frantically cheering another human’s death, no matter the human, it was fascinating to see how quickly things progressed, and how impossible it would have been for this all to happen this way just 10 years ago. Technology has changed how the world operates and interacts, both for good and bad, and last night was a prime example of the real-time nature of our lives.