Is 9/11 Really The 'Most Memorable Tv Moment'?
The revolution will not be televised - that's what Gil Scott Heron advised us back in 1970 and, with a quick scan through this week's listings, that still appears to be the case. What have been televised over the years, though, are some of the world's most historic news events. The results of a survey conducted by Nielsen and Sony and released in the Los Angeles Times have reported that the "most memorable moment in TV history" was the coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.
The survey, based in the US, revealed that the moments that people remember the most vividly are largely tragic events, which shook the US nation - and, quite often, the rest of the world as well. In the words of the Times, the survey "underscores the role of the TV set as perhaps the single most unifying device at our disposal, both as a diary keeper and as a cultural beacon." News stories obliterated all other TV moments, such as significant TV shows' finales, or major sports coverage, such as the Super Bowl. The study was commissioned to try to gain an understanding of the emotions that people attach to watching TV, "with an eye toward boosting the (Sony)'s program development and marketing.
In the list, after the 9/11 attacks, came 2005's Hurricane Katrina and - from 10 year's previous - OJ Simpson's murder verdict. The earliest 'memory' on the list was the Space shuttle Challenger disaster, which occurred in 1986.