Our Little Car Chase Is All Grown Up: Five Observations About O.J. Simpson Chase Turning 20
The beginning of the Age of Twitter is generally believed to have begun sometime around mid-2009. Yes, some early adopters have been on Twitter longer than that, but as an accoutrement to our sports watching and as our first feed for breaking news, 2009 seems to feel about right.
YouTube Where were you during the great LA White Bronco chase?
So for anything that's occurred prior to 2009, we often hear the question "What event that took place before the advent of social media would've 'broken Twitter'?"
(NOTE: I generally am not a huge fan of the phrases "broke the internet" or "broke Twitter," as they're a little overused. That said, what's funny about "breaking Twitter" is that certain events the last few years actually have broken Twitter. Twitter is still a little shaky.)
Your answer to that question is usually a reflection of the age during which you were in your halcyon years, which for most guys is the 18 thru 28 age range. ("Halcyon years" being defined as the time in your life where you had the best overall stress-to-income-to-fun three way ratio working.)
People in their 70's will answer the Kennedy assassination, people in their 60's will answer man walking on the moon, people in their 50's may answer John Lennon's murder, and people in their 30's would probably say the 9/11 attacks.
For my "halcyon year grouping," dudes in their 40's, the answer seems to oftentimes be "the O.J. chase." For me and a lot of my friends that was the first "Remember where you were?" moment of our adult lives.
Well, the years certainly go by fast.
One moment you're huddled around a portable television in an office with a bunch of sloppy coworkers. Next thing you know, two decades, a few mortgages, a few kids, and a divorce later, you look up and your little car chase is all grown up!