turn it off.
September 11, 2002 11:47 AM
I'm choosing to mark the anniversary of grief grief grief by turning it off. Off with the television and the radio and anything that wants to sell me something to magically morph sad into patriotic fury.
Sometimes there's a place for patriotic fury, and sometimes there isn't. This is an isn't. And I don't want to listen to anyone who won't let me talk back today. None of that push push media for me.
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That said, I think grief is important. I think marking it is important. I won't wear a mass-produced "day of remembrance" button, nor does my car cry out for a magnetic flag. I won't co-opt the legitimate loss of people for whom this day is really really hard because my life isn't that emotional and I need a good cry.
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these are the thoughts of tempiale on September 11, 2002 07:45 PM
Turn it off.
It seems impossible to escape. I started feeling like one of the dogs in the "learned helplessness" experiments in the 1950's, like nothing I tried could stop the shocks to my feet, so I may as well lie down and take it. I went to work - people at work were talking about it. I went to the gym - every radio station they played had DJs obsessively hashing and rehashing it. I watched Star Trek and baked cookies - they showed memorials during the commercial break. I called a friend to patch up a misunderstanding - all he wanted to talk about was 9/11. E-fucking-NOUGH. It's impossible to heal from a wound if the entire country is conspiring to channel a steady stream of lemon juice into it. *sighs*
these are the thoughts of revolution9 on September 12, 2002 08:26 AM
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