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8.16.2006

And So It Begins...

I used to love this time of the year. The air is finally not a stanky furnace, the stores are all moving their black and cozy wears into the windows and the subways are virtually free of under-18s after 8:15am.

But, that four week stretch kick off begun in mid-August has become a time to dread. Everywhere you look, from a mass marketing campaign touting a movie's release to the airing of even more horrifyingly real 911 tapes, 9/11 will lambast us at every turn. Especially here in NYC.

True, it gets a little easier to pick at the scab as another 365 days pass, but the more time goes by, the more explicit the coverage has become. We all have our story of where we were that day and how we were personally affected, whether it is the mourning of a friend/loved one/coworker who never came home that day, running from the carnage or just the vague feeling of innocence lost.

Do we really need to be overwhelmed with newly released tapes of those that died last words every fucking newscast for the next 45 days? It's enough to make you want to slit your wrists.

My apologies for the lack of ususal snark, but this has begun to drive me nuts.

Are Z's dear readers who are not housed within our little corner of the world also seeing this no-holds-barred approach in their home towns?

3 Comments:

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I'm with you on this one. I could do without hearing that woman yell at the 911 operator "of course there's smoke!"

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Jeremy said...

These news stories received a little coverage on the local news stations. But for the most part all they received were a passing sentence or two. I think many people in Omaha sort of feel like we already know what generally happened on that tragic day what’s the point of dredging it all up again. It’s not like any of us are going to forget about it. I get the same vibe with the new Oliver Stone movie. Even though we’re twelve hunderd miles away most people here just don’t want to relive that day again.

However, the cable news outlets (tv and internet) have covered this extensively so many of us here have heard/read some of the transcripts.

 
At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Jeremy said...

I reread your post and realized you were talking in general terms about 9/11. We sort of see news stories about 9/11 around this time of year, but it's usually only when we get a week or so out from the anniversary. I suppose we don't get it as much because it didn't happen in our city. I can only imagine what it must be like in NY.

Has anyone noticed businesses trying to capitalize on the tragedy? Besides those stupid coin collector people.

 

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