Death of bin Laden created amazing mileposts in communications history

By Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications

The death of Osama bin Laden, one of the biggest events in recent history, created some amazing secondary mileposts in communications history.

On Sunday night, the New York Times literally stopped the presses, throwing out the front page that was already in print.

Time Magazine is coming out with a special edition on Thursday, marking the first time ever that the mag has published three editions in one week.

The story of the raid first began circulating on Twitter.

By the time it was reported on TV, Twitter was averaging 3,000 tweets PER SECOND.  Interestingly, the Pakistani IT consultant who inadvertently live-tweeted the raid, doesn’t even own a TV.  He’s turning down all requests for interviews.

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