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Charlie on 9/11 [Sep. 9th, 2011|09:36 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Charles Stross writes as follows:
    I'm going to turn the TV off on September 11th. And close all the web browser tabs I have open on news sites.

    This isn't to belittle the events of ten years ago, or to show disrespect for the victims and their bereaved: rather, it's to avoid the narcissistic and indecent media feeding frenzy that battens onto popular sentiment and attempts to jerk every tear from the emotional aftermath of tragedy, the better to milk the advertising revenue stream.

    If the media really wanted to mark the occasion respectfully, they'd do so by holding a minutes' silence at 8:46am EST this Sunday.

I'm inclined to agree.

[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2011-09-09 08:52 pm (UTC)
Me too. I'd had enough of the "specials" in the morning on Radio 4 by Tuesday, I've been having to get up and switch it off.
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[User Picture]From: lapswood
2011-09-09 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit fed up of it too! Just been watching the sport. :0/
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[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2011-09-09 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm totally fed up with it. I've heard the "Pulitzer version" of the entire story a hundred times on the news but actually haven't heard what remembrance services are happening etc. I only knew about the Ground Zero ceremony and the disturbance planned via the Metro paper!

I keep watching them and thinking "all you want is the award for best story" and that they don't really care at all. Its sad that that's the way I see the news these days- not about the information (which is scant) but about the emotive telling (which is far too much).
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2011-09-09 09:19 pm (UTC)
Same here.
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[User Picture]From: starbrow
2011-09-09 11:20 pm (UTC)
I have always made a point of avoiding news coverage about September 11th, all the way back to the day itself, when avoided seeing the footage of the planes crashing into the Towers and the Towers falling for weeks after it was airing everywhere.

I shall continue that this year, and have been avoiding news broadcasts all this week already.
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[User Picture]From: katiemariie
2011-09-10 06:47 am (UTC)
Agreed. I've been avoiding 9/11 coverage as much as I can due to the nationalist rhetoric that tends to villianize the vast majority of Americans. I think it's a somewhat eerie how every media platform on Sunday will be covering 9/11 in retrospect, when on the actual day and the days preceding it every channel was doing the same thing. Where I lived, there was one radio station and perhaps two television channels (the children's cartoon networks) that had their regular programming--everything else was broadcasting news on the attacks and showing the towers fall roughly every five minutes. These retrospectives seem to trivialize how frightened so many people were, gathered around their TVs with their families, hoping for more news on what was going on, were the jets crisscrossing the skies going to keep us safe, are my friends alive, will I have to go to war. But, now, on these 10th anniversary specials, we won't be getting any new information--just the same jingoism that tore the country apart, started two wars, and had members of Congress trying to figure out how to put Muslim and Arab-Americans into camps, like what we did to Japanese-Americans during WWII.
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[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2011-09-10 08:31 am (UTC)
While my first reaction was "good for Charlie!" there have been one or two interesting radio programmes in the Radio 4 and the World Service retrospectives. I liked idea of asking five really good writers to do short stories as 'letters about 9/11' which came up with some excellent ideas. I was particularly taken with Lionel Shriver's letter about prepositions from "a woman whose husband died on 9/11 to a woman whose husband died in 9/11." But then words fascinate me, and so did the theme.
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