The smartphone’s role in covering and consuming the death of Osama Bin Laden

May 2, 2011
Tech

Shortly before 10pm Central Time on May 1, I received a new alert from the Huffington Post via the iPhone app informing me that President Obama was to soon speak to the world from the White House. Shortly thereafter, news started to flow online and via TV networks that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Instantly, […]

Shortly before 10pm Central Time on May 1, I received a new alert from the Huffington Post via the iPhone app informing me that President Obama was to soon speak to the world from the White House.

Shortly thereafter, news started to flow online and via TV networks that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Instantly, the smartphone and social media exerted its influence over the first “Where Were You?” moment for Americans in nearly a decade.

From Abbottadad resident Sohaib Athar’s @ReallyVirtual Twitter handle (delivered via TweetDeck) to the hundred of thousands of people who instantly joined the Osama Bid Laden is DEAD Facebook page, this event illustrates how dramatically news coverage and consumption has transformed over the past decade.

To stay up to date on the Bin Laden story and other world events, iOS apps including AP News, BBC News, and Al Jazeera English Live are just a few of the countless options available to provide news, analysis and alternate global vantage points to the news.

Owners of Android devices can tap into separate apps from CNN designed for smartphones and tablets respectively to track the news. The new Meet the Press Android app is also a good resource to showcase the domestic political impact of an event we will all no doubt remember for the rest of our lives.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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