Joi on the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings

Joi Ito has written an extremely thoughtful op’ed piece for the NY Times (reg req’ed):  An Anniversary to Forget, sharing his thoughts, feelings and personal references, on the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The whole piece is worth a read, but the last paragraph summarizes well Joi’s points IMHO:

For my generation, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and the war in general now represent the equivalent of a cultural “game over” or “reset” button. Through a combination of conscious policy and unconscious culture, the painful memories and images of the war have lost their context, surfacing only as twisted echoes in our subculture. The result, for better and worse, is that, 60 years after Hiroshima, we dwell more on the future than the past.

Remember, learn, move on.

He also posted on his blog the “story about the story”, i.e how he came up with the piece while attending OSCON: gathering opinions from friends over IM, googling references, writing the piece, and getting fact checked and reviewed by members of his IRC chat.