By Robert Klara
At a time when millions of New Yorkers prefer to listen to their news (or news podcasts) within their own personal digital cocoons, it’s worth remembering that the biggest media events of the 20th century were consumed collectively, in crowds, while we stood on the sidewalk.
When Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, thousands of people found out by watching the famous “Zipper” in Times Square. And in February 1962, when John Glenn became the first human to orbit the Earth, 4,000 people packed the floors of Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street to watch the event on a 12-by-16-foot screen that CBS had set up over the ticket counter. People could just as easily have gotten this news from newspapers, radio or (in Glenn’s case) TV, but there’s something about sharing the news with a crowd that helps to stamp it on our national consciousness. Sigue leyendo