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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.
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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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