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Monday, September 11, 2006


I am staying away from the media as much as possible today.

I just can't take how they swarm around a day like today as if it were Valentine's Day or something. It feels weird. I understand the need for some people to make or watch media about 9/11 ... I guess as a way to remember. But I remember it well enough without any help.

Anyway, I am going to go listen to my dad sing God Bless America at the town hall. I will videotape it, but he gets final approval rights-- right dad?

I guess I'm making media about 911 too... writing this post... taking that video.


  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    Every year on this date, I go back and read what I wrote on that day and go between wanting to kick myself, delete/crumple it all up and throw it out or drink a growler of cough syrup. But I know it was a moment of awakening as much as anything else for a lot of people. Then I remember that things keep on going and I get inspired to create again. Nothing overtly political or opinionated, just a release of whatever steam is brought up after all of the sorrow and furstration and anger and solemnity of remembering.

    This year I started this. It's nothing important, but the expression and playing around with the media around us helps to wade through the rest of it.

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger Joe C said…

    Battling insomnia very early this morning, I found myself watching YouTube clips of Iraq military action recorded from both the American side and the insurgent's side. Let me tell you, it's very sobering stuff, and proper fare for today, 9/11, because we need to consider where we've been, where we are and where we're going.

    Yeah, the media feeding frenzy over the fifth anniversary is regretable in one way, but it also might serve to make people think about the way we got where we are in the world today, and maybe how we can reclaim the moral high ground we've so obviously lost.

  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger Peter von lemotox said…

    I believe that 9/11 is being commercialized far too much. give us some rest, big media. give us some rest, blogosphere. give us some rest, rest of the world. I do not want to be forced to think about something, I want to decide myself when and where I think about it. That said I like ze frank's take on it a lot.

  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger leron said…

    I hear you, Amanda.

    The media show will be over tomorrow, until the next round-number anniversary.

    While those of us whose lives were directly touched by what happened don't need 100 hours of TV programming to make us remember.

    I kinda resent all the tourists filing in, like Ground Zero is some some of holy site. (Especially the ones from Washington, if you know what I mean.) I guess for them it is, a sacred place in the new religion of We Got Attacked, We Must Be Vigilant or whatever.

    For me it's a damn hole in the ground, a reminder that bad things can happen and red tape can keep us from fixing them as quickly as we otherwise could. It's a place I used to go that's no longer there. That'll be as true, and will burn as hot, on the 6 year, 3 month, 4 day anniversary as it is today.

    I've stockpiled enough video to keep me off the broadcast channels all week. I advise y'all to do the same.

  • At 5:24 PM, Blogger Marius said…

    I am not at all surprised to see how you commemorate this day. You get it. But then again, you probably lived it. Rather than turn this into a photo op, or a 'see how sensitive I am' you make mention of it, then let us deal with it as we will on our own. Thank you for that.

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger thomocracy said…

    i wouldn't worry much about your post cos it's really not about 9/11 but big media's adwizard way of turning tragedy into something that sells face creams. it's interesting that "humanity" has come so far as to accomplish something that would have been unimaginable 100 years ago, but as americans i think we've always done well at showing nay-sayers the, well, opposite of nay-saying.

    and i think that if big media kept to just running a nice song without cheesy commentary, that'd be good enough for me as a memorializing tribute.

  • At 6:39 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    9/11 was a terrible and shocking event and nearly 3000 people lost their lives. I have the utmost sympathy for the people who died and their loved ones and everyone affected by it.

    Asian Tsunami - 229,866 persons lost, including 186,983 dead and 42,883 missing.

    Iraq - 60,000 - 150,000 lives lost (depending on who you believe)

    9/11 - Almost 3,000.

    All terrible events in the history of humanity. I don't want to be cold and calculating but if you compare the numbers of lives lost, 9/11 doesn't compare in the least.

    Given this I feel 9/11 will still be remember more at least to America and the western world.

    Do we really think our lives are worth more?

  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger leron said…

    Why is 911 different? Because it shook up the face-cream buyers.

    I was in the Midwest five years ago today. A few weeks later I drove out into the countryside and was stunned to see all the American flags and "Screw you Osama" signs in little farm towns with a main street a block long. It took me a while to grasp that these people really felt personally threatened by what had happened. Not that there is any such threat, any more than there is a threat of being struck by lightning, at any rate. But the symbolism, packaged up like face cream, delivered via the boob tube and twisted to evil ends by our grand and glorious leaders, had taken hold all over. People out in the sticks thought crazy Arabs were coming to spike the municipal water tower any day. Right or wrong, that was very powerful for a lot of people.

    And there's the notion, of course, that these things aren't supposed to happen to "us." A tsunami in Indonesia kills 185,000 people? They're not "us."

    That's it. I give up. I'm putting in a "Northern Exposure" DVD and unplugging the phone.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger StudentloanNetworker said…

    I had a fairly large rant about that today on my show. It's time America gets out of the past and starts building the future. Living in the past, living in fear, is precisely what the powers that be want, to sell more papers, drive ratings, stay in office one more term, whatever the case may be. Healing is a process that takes time and generally poking a wound with the same knife doesn't help.

    Give a listen if you can.

    Oh, and it was AWESOME to meet you at PodCamp Boston. Thanks!

    Christopher Penn
    PodCamp Co-Founder
    cspenn at gmail dot com

  • At 12:57 AM, Blogger Freudian Slip said…

    We all handle 911 in our own way. I think that sometimes people just feel a need to "do" something, even though they may feel powerless inside.


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