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  •  These tragedies are media events (9+ / 0-)

    Anyone who lives in New York and was here on 9/11 will tell you that the experience of living it wasn't even remotely related to what everyone outside the city saw on teevee.  

    We would be better off simply turning the teevee off for good.  But if that's not possible, we'd be far better off not watching it at times like this.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:23:25 AM PDT

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    •  I visited NYC twice in the year following (9+ / 0-)

      What you said. The city had no intention of being typecast as 'terrah victim'.

      Like the line from the frightfully precognitive movie "The Siege": We're New York. We can take it.

      •  I lived in NYC in 2001 (4+ / 0-)

        Thanks to IBM uprooting me yet again (IBM = i've been moved).

        Everyday I heard the typical (from a Midwest outsider's point of view) bravado that New Yorkers are tough!  They aren't afraid!  

        Until a plane flies overhead and everyone suddenly looks up.  I mean everyone, it was kind of eerie to me because I wasn't looking up and could notice everyone else doing so.  
        Of course, on 9/11 I was about a thousand miles away, and to a Midwesterner a plane overfly is background noise and happens constantly (hence the term, fly-over states). I wasn't looking up because I've never had a plane smash into a nearby building, twice, in the same day and have to deal with the carnage first-hand.  

        How could I possibly blame them for looking up at the sound of a plane, considering what they just went though a year earlier? They wanted to be tough New Yorkers, and love to tell you about it, but the scars were obvious.

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