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Posted Sept. 11, 2011   37443 views

Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

More than 28,800 readers answered this question posted by the New York Times, and I am sure it was on the mind of millions more, mine included. I kept reading the comments and was completely mesmerized.

The New York Times took the words of these 28,800 readers and counted the number of times a word or a phrase appears in the response. The top 10 words are: TV, day, class, school, plane, home, hit, first, work, and news. I turned all the words and their frequencies into a Tagxedo, in the shape of the continental US. Obviously the Tagxedo does not and cannot capture the entire range of emotion, but at least it helped me remember that fateful day, the raw feelings.

Here's the link to the New York Times survey: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/08/us/sept-11-reckoning/map911-browse.html