A tiny, dark airplane darts across the screen and into a World Trade Center tower. Explosions, horror and emotions ensue. We’ve all seen it. Most of the civilized world has.
Today, media everywhere will be playing footage from Sept. 11, 2001.
And we all should feel insulted.
We all know what happened that day. So do the U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan (yes, we are still fighting there) and Iraq.
But while you’re watching television, surfing the Web or reading newspapers, every media consumer should consider the act’s value.
What is the value of replaying the tapes?
It’ll make us angry all over again, and hopefully strengthen our resolve, some may say.
But should we cherish our gut reaction that much?
Look at the pictures of the World Trade Center burning if you need to feel how you felt on that day.
But for the thinking society, there’s a problem with that: Those pictures are from a time long passed.
We’ve waged war in two countries, and our relationship with the rest of the world has changed dramatically. The media, however, is done reporting on the still-strong insurgency in Afghanistan, and Iraq is practically old news.
Many might not realize it, but home isn’t quite what it once was – the president has claimed vast powers, approved illegal domestic wiretapping and has pointed at terrorists as a justification for every tiny change.
So feel free to watch the events of Sept. 11, 2001 unfold yet again on every major news network, no detail spared.
But don’t hold your breath if you hope to get a clear picture of what has happened since.