In the Oct. 25 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Zelizer said, “Our fixation with JFK is driven by a desire to achieve closure on an event that defies comprehension.”(1) The history and legacy of the John F. Kennedy assassination has been shaped by the collective American memory. The role of journalism in the event, and the subsequent commemorations has been a defining factor of the way that Americans view the assassination. Journalism, some scholars argue, has shaped the historical implications of this memory, and taken control of the consolidated American experience of remembrance. (2) The experience of the assassination is reflected in the oral histories of people who lived through the event, but it is also experienced on another historical level; through the subsequent commemorations and conspiracy theories that have flooded internet and media sources since the assassination. Dr. Raymond expressed her opinion on collective memory in an oral interview:


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The individual, to local, to national level experienced the John F. Kennedy assassination in many ways, but together represent the concept of collective memory. Nevadans had a very specific experience of the assassination, yet their memories can act as a microcosm to the macrocosm of the entire national experience. The oral histories of several Nevadans reflect this experience and explore concepts of collective memory and their place in the national sphere. The nation mourned the death of the president as a collective body, and this lead to new forms of self-identity.(3)