Sunday, May 15, 2011

Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death and the Return of the Knowable World

Was May 1, 2011 about good versus evil?


Nathan Jurgenson contends in his article, Celebrating Bin Laden's Death and the Return of the Knowable World, that on the evening of May 1, 2011 Americans breathed a sigh of relief knowing that "the bad guy" was dead. We could momentarily cheer for the home team because we scored in a truly tangible way. But will this sense of celebration last? Who will replace bin Laden as "the new symbol to ground our naive presumption that the world. . . is simple and knowable?"

Nathan Jurgenson is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Maryland working on a dissertation about self-documentation on social media.

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