By: Connor Langguth
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while in a parade. He was shot from afar by Lee Harvey Oswald. Although it is unclear why he did so, Oswald was shot and killed not two days later. Kennedy was only in Texas to rally the democrats for his re-election. He was only 46 years old when he was shot and killed.
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it was televised for the whole world to see. It was such a famous moment in history and was caught on t.v., causing the television industry to expand at an exponential rate. It was widespread allow for future famous moments to be shared with people across the nation in mere seconds. In a way people tried to view the little good that can come from the Presidents assassination and could make a huge money making industry.
While the President's assassination was televised, people were in horror. Some people are still alive today and witnessed this great tragedy. Many people loved President Kennedy and wanted him to be re-elected. He had a gift of being able to bring people together and was an inspirational speaker. The same day he died, they held his funeral. As his caisson went through the streets, crowds of people were there sobbing as they were passed. He was visited by 250,000 people who came to pay their respects.
The media bias was towards being able to broadcast more and more. While many mourned for President Kennedy, few saw it as an opportunity to bring out the new age of news. The news was able to then broadcast more than just to write to articles because of one simple thing Time. Because his dead was televised, people found out almost instantly, instead of having to wait for the articles to be written, to be printed, and to be mailed out and sold.
In looking at this from a historical critique, this was one of the biggest moments in the history of the United States. It was a very traumatic point in American History. Even today, everyone knows what happened to President Kennedy. It was one of television's most defining moments allowing it to become what it is today. Due to this Historical moment, many people were able to see how fragile one can truly be. No one in history has ever lived their life without purpose. President Kennedy's life would even lead to other men to try to step up and take his place as President, and many people still try to do so now.
From a cultural critique, this one moment affected the United States on a grand scale. Many people realized even someone as great as President Kennedy had enemies. That even a major cultural figure as him had his problems. People today still look up to him and all that he did for this country. No one in the United States can tell you that they's have never heard of President Kennedy and his assassination. That is how major it was for us citizens.
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