Monday, January 15, 2018

1968 in Tweets--This is Not a Drill

The weekend has brought us a recent scare in Hawaii of incoming missiles that sent people scrambling, thinking they were about to be destroyed.   One explanation is that some person pushed the wrong button--twice--to send out a warning that a missile strike was imminent.  It took 38 minutes to send out a correction, during which time parents sought out their children, looked for a place to hide them, and considered the likelihood of their survival.  Then--"false alarm."

The New York Times has offered up a vision of what the disasters of 1968 would have looked like as a series of tweets.  It's here. 

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