Monday, September 11, 2006

No 9/11 here

This may annoy some people, and I am sorry. But I truly do not feel like talking about 9/11 today.

I am NOT saying it is too early to discuss 9/11. I went to see "United 93" earlier this year because I think enough time has passed.

But just because today happens to be a nicely numbered anniversary of the event, does not mean I have to talk about it, or have to WANT to talk about it.

If you folks want to go along with the Media-created event that is the 5th anniversary of 9/11, go crazy with it. Just don't expect me to join you.


William R. Barker said...


First of all... I agree with you to the extent that I'm not thrilled with the "weekend of 9/11" atmosphere. 9/11 is 9/11.

Second... if I were in charge of a network the entire day's programing would be done using split screen - one part of the screen used to cover the day's memorial events... the other part of the screen devoted to showing the actual footage taken and run on that day.

ENOUGH with this "sanitizing" of history. We - and our children - should see again and again those building in flames... people - living people - JUMPING out of windows and off the roof to their deaths to escape the heat.

Forget this collage of smiling figures in suits and dress uniforms as the names are read too. Show the GRAVES. Show the headstones. Show the BODIES where and when the families will allow it.

Yes... 9/11 was a HORROR. That needs to be pounded home. Not just today... but as a cultural message to our people and especially our children.

And that's MY opinion, Ed.


EdMcGon said...

At what point does reliving something over and over again enter the realm of obsessive?

While I believe we should all remember what happened on 9/11, it should be done in our own time and place. Not when our culture or Media decide to shove it down our throats.

William R. Barker said...

I don't know, Ed... do you usually boycott Memorial Day?


* Hint: Now's the time where you write, "Well, Bill... you're right. I'll never doubt you again!"


(Man... that was EASY!!!)


William R. Barker said...

Com'on, Ed! Where're my kudos?!?!

Hey... non-related question... cross-blogging... do you think I'm being too harsh on Rob re: "Cheney the Liar?"

If you're gonna accuse someone of something... even a "public figure"... it seems to me that you'd better be prepared to back it up.


EdMcGon said...

Memorial Day is a nationally recognized holiday. 9/11 is not.

As for Rob, it looks like you and Moose have him on the ropes. Not that it will make a difference, since his ability to deny reality seems limitless. ;)

William R. Barker said...

Ahh... so it's not the EVENT being memorialized that matters... it's whether or not the Federal Gov't recognizes the event with a HOLIDAY. I got ya! (*WINK*)

No, no... I'm NOT being sarcastic. You did in fact write "media event" in your original post so fair is fair.

One question, though... and I'm NOT trying to be nitpicky: On 9/13 your added to your original "media event" definition by writing, "Not when our culture or Media decide to shove it down our throats."

"Our culture?" What did you mean by that? Obviously you didn't mean "government" since if you had my Memorial Day analogy would have hit home.

* Hey, Ed... CONGRATS! That's TWO times in as many days you've gotten the better of me! (*GRIN*)


P.S. - Yeah... Rob sure shut up fast, didn't he? Wouldn't it be nice if he'd learn a bit of humility by being... well... humiliated? (*SMILE*)

EdMcGon said...

When I say "our culture", it seems that people and organizations seem to happily follow along like puppy dogs on a leash whenever our Media decides something needs to be recognized, like 9/11. Since no thought is actually given to the meaning of the event, everyone feels like they are doing their part when actually they have done nothing but perform some symbolic ritual.

What good does it do to honor an event if nothing is learned from it?