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“The Best Game of Hide and Seek is Over”

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This is only one of the myriad of Facebook updates my profile was swarmed with last night. For formality reasons, an article on the issue can be found at the NY Times website.

I was watching my hometown team, the NY Mets, when the interest of the game was paused in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and a man in scoring position to view the urgent news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. I found it amusing that at the climax of the game, everyone’s interest was digressed to someone completely different from the game. Although the killing of Osama Bin Laden may mean a lot to any American, I was still taken back by it all. I committed to the same act as my friends and I switched between the game and CBS to see President Obama’s speech. For anyone who has not seen the speech, Osama Bin Laden was killed by an American mission carried out in Pakistan for one reason: to eliminate Osama Bin Laden.

But I know that everyone will reach this news shortly, so with this post I just have a few questions to spark thought that corresponds with the media reaction to what happened.

Have you posted something patriotic or anti-Osama Bin Laden on Facebook or Twitter or BBM since you heard the news?
Does seeing these social network posts (whether it be about a lost father or the hate for a “cave dweller” such as Osama) aggravate you or excite you?
What do you feel about the future safety of America now that the media has identified him as being “killed” as opposed to “found dead?”
Do you feel comfort in what has happened?


Written by BYAMnick

May 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

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