With each passing September 11 anniversary, the headlines drift a little further down the front page. The moments of silence feel a little shorter. Painful memories fade. In another era, our shared recollections of such a world-historical event might have drifted slowly out of the news cycle and into the long-term cultural memory of museums and history books. Today, however, the process of making history edges into the present tense, as a vast outpouring of personal memories linger online in the form of blogs, photos, videos, and individual stories that now comprise an essential part of the historical record.…
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