[lg policy] Fwd: [WOL] The March on Washington and the pre-digital age

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> From: Dennis Baron <no-reply-blog at illinois.edu>
> Subject: [WOL] The March on Washington and the pre-digital age
> Date: August 27, 2013 11:01:11 PM CDT
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> The March on Washington and the pre-digital age
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> It’s the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I was there, an eyewitness to history. But even though I was 19, going into my junior year in college, I don’t remember much about the day. I drove from New York, heard the speakers, listened to the music, and of course there was the Big Speech. And I kept the button. It was sunny, hot even. The crowd was joyous. I was excited: this was a big deal. The DC cops were surly. They didn’t want it to be a big deal. The downtown merchants didn’t welcome us, small spenders that we were, and lunch-counter troublemakers. I should remember more, but my memory was never very good, and it wasn’t the computer age, not yet.
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> Fifty years from today an eyewitness to history could reconstruct what happened at the National Mall out of digital footprints: saved web searches, credit card receipts, keystroke loggers, EZ-Pass records, metrocard tickets, digital photos, CCTV footage, cell phone tower pings, NSA satellite data. There, that’s me, in that YouTube video, over by N38 53.36339 W77 3.0114.
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