What the world wanted to know on September 11, 2001

Vera H-C Chan
Senior Editor, Special Projects
The Upshot

Media coverage on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks have been intense. While behind-the-scenes planning to observe that day and understand how it changed America, has been going on for months, some people on the streets have preferred to go about their normal lives — the new normal, of course — and some have avoided delving into the subject too soon.

Yes, despite the ubiquitous coverage, some have been researching 9/11 online in the months leading to the anniversary, often trying to find ways to explain its significance to a younger generation who grew up in its permanent shadow. As the anniversary now comes upon us, more are ready to honor those who have passed on, appreciate those who have survived, and think about how that day shaped our last decade.

Many have sought out to remember the actual day. Here is a partial snapshot on September 11, 2001 searches, when the Web was still in its relative infancy.

This article also appeared in Shine's Fast Talking Dame.