Remembering is more than memorizing with flash cards. Remembering is more than a banner that says “We Will Never Forget” that is brought out for an annual event. Remembering is a deeply reflective activity. So how should we remember Neil Armstrong? The news channels, by their nature, focus on recent events, not reflective remembrance. So in their coverage of today’s memorial service and historic perspective, the website experience was a mixed bag. I visited ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC News, and USA Today.
Some covered the story on their front page, as a world event. Some listed a link under U.S. News. And others buried it even deeper under the topics of Science or Technology. This difference in categorization is a lesson in taxonomy. Was this just a technical topic? Does this story only have U.S. interest? Maybe our ability to remember is reflected in our ability to categorize, but also to advance. Forty years ago, I was not thinking about just the technology or being an American. So today, I remember Neil Armstrong, for his personal accomplishment and character, for his place in world history, and for all that he symbolized in a challenging and worthy organizational goal.