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View Diary: Newtown? Sandy Hook? Call it 12/14 (141 comments)

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  •  I understand the impulse (6+ / 0-)

    and of course if you live there, the shootings seem as huge as 9/11 seemed to those of us who lived in New York.

    I would say that reducing the events to a "number catchphrase" may have unintended consequences, too.

    When the buildings that fell stopped being "The World Trade Center" and became "Ground Zero," we lost the idea that they were actual buildings with living people working in them.  It ceased being a specific tragedy and became "everybody's tragedy."

    In a similar way, when the newscasters got tired of saying the long phrase "the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington," shortening it to "9/11" was also a way of distancing us from the reality and the horror.

    Dallas lived with the ignominy of 11/22/63 for a long, long time, but who among us is to say that it was good for a city that had all too easily embraced extremism and hatred needed some ignominy to bring it around?

    I guess I am just saying that what is to be earnestly hoped is that the event will be remembered, not forgotten.  I would bet that calling it after the place where it happened will make it last longer.  I agree with the diarist that the things we call things are very important, just wanted to present another POV.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:14:53 AM PST

    •  I totally support the "12/14" designation for (4+ / 0-)
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      Greg Dworkin, Cali Scribe, Red Bean, koNko

      a variety of reasons, but you are correct that these is a significant danger of trivializing things.

      Why does every last political scandal STILL end in 'gate'?

      it smothers the seriousness of some things.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:42:42 AM PST

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