According to Yahoo, 2 out of 3 people who made the search "Who Is Osama Bin Laden ?" after his death was announced were teenagers 13-17.
In addition,some of the tweets that were made at the time were by young people expressing bewilderment as to what all the fuss was about?
"Who is Osama Bin Laden and why should I care?"
It is commonly accepted that the 9-11 airliner attacks that killed some 3000 Americans were the greatest single assault on the American homeland in US history. Osama Bin Laden pridefully admitted that he ordered these attacks. In post WW2 America, one cannot conjure a greater murderous villian enemy of the US, yet seemingly a good number of young people are unaware of his significance to modern U.S. history and culture.
Is it because teens are not being given this information in school? One would think that by now 9-11 would be a standard U.S. history topic at some point before one graduates high school. Or does pc sensitivities toward certain minorities tamp down any discussions of who was responsible for the attacks 10 years ago?
Or does the bombardment of Americans of all ages with such a multitude of information sources and entertainment activities create such a blur of facts and issues that teens are unable to process everything they see or hear ?
Or are American teens just shallow and Facebook obsessed?
You want to talk about disrespecting those who died on 9-11? How about the apparent reality that many of this country's own young people are not conversant with who or what caused it?