Thursday, September 12, 2002

POLITICS AS FLASH ANIMATION

Who says the Koreans can't dance together?

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9/11 THOUGHT
I listened to a rebroadcast of the Howard Stern show yesterday and was struck by one thing - how much inaccurate information was put over the airwaves and how that was used to whip up a Let's bomb 'em all ! mob mentality. According to them - the impact of a third plane crash casued WTC 2 to fall, bombs exploded at the State Department, car bombs had detonated in Washington and much more.

This wasn't Stern's fault per say, he and his crew were mostly repeating reports from the newswires and television. But it was exactly that kind of The world is ending right now vibe that left such a lingering weirdness in the pit of my stomach for months.

This is not to say what happened on 9/11 wasn't horrible. But by replaying his exact transmission, Stern really captured the out of control feeling of the morning better than any rememberance. It reminded me to never pay too close attention to journalistic reports as events happen, as they are inevitably inaccurate.

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