When The Eagle landed on the moon, people all over were watching from home. With the advent of the television, it helped people unite and be excited about something. Kids all over pretended they were astronauts and some fell so in love with the idea of space study and travel that they later pursued careers in those fields. It was an exciting and momentous occasion. People came together to share it.
TC and I recently watched an episode of Doctor Who entitled "The Idiot's Lantern". The story takes place around the same time as the Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1952. Rose keeps mentioning that televisions weren't common and people were all jam-packed in living rooms to watch the coronation together. It was a moment in history when people came together to celebrate something great.
This is my question:
On a national level, what sort of event would have to happen to get people to unite like that again? 9/11 had the world's attention and brought a lot of people closer together. When Curiosity landed on Mars, people were watching, but now that we can access news any time we want, we didn't all watch it live or together. Has the availability of information killed any chance of coming together like the US did in 1969 or the UK did in 1952?
I'm excited to hear your opinions, please leave comments!