Tamim Ansary’s Email

Go to the page below and read. Keep in mind this email was originally sent two days after September 11, 2001.


Consider the following questions:

  • What if Mr. Ansary had wanted to express these ideas in the days before computer communication?
  • If people passed along Mr. Ansary’s email today would it be considered spam?
  • The “Zapruder Film” is footage of President Kennedy’s assassination taken with a businessman’s 16-mm home movie camera. Why is this film considered such an important historical document? (it’s in the Smithsonian collection)

And consider this question very carefully:

  • If you could speak to 1,000,000 people what would you say?
    Write 100 to 200 words explaining your answer. You could choose something very serious or something downright silly — there are no wrong answers. But you must be able to explain why you chose this answer.  This is not just a fantasy exercise from a teacher! You could build a website next year and two years from now 1,000,000 people could visit your site. What would you want to communicate to those people? What’s really important for you to say?