Technology Connects World to Chile As Miners are Rescued

Stuck below ground for more than a month; the miners of the recent accident that occurred at San Jose mine in Chile are reunited with loved ones and breathing fresh air tonight. For the past 69 days the world has watched, waiting with bated breath for a possible rescue attempt to be made. That moment started last night and ended tonight.

While each miner was placed inside a capsule, and hoisted up to safety various news sources all over the world reported on the happenings at the mine. Some news sources even went so far as broadcasting live feeds of the rescue in progress. News stations like Global National, CNN, and CBS gave viewers an active visual of how the rescue was made.

As someone who watched via two of those live feeds (first watched one and then switched to try another), I marvel at how far technology has become. Sure there’s been broadcast news since the very early 1900s but it wasn’t until the TV that people could see events unfolding as they happened. A key example of this is 1961 when Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.

Now with the internet, people are given another opportunity to witness history in the making. I’m a very visual and auditory person, so seeing these events and hearing them, seems to make them more real to me. Seeing is believing and this certainly is no exception.  So from the first radio signal in 1896, to the first TV news broadcast in 1928, and now the internet age, technology is changing and giving people new and exciting ways to see, hear, and be a part of, the news.

The rescue of the 33 Chilean miners yesterday and today, was thrilling to watch. I’m glad technology has made it possible that we can partake in witnessing these events.


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