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posted by janrinok on Saturday September 11, @07:03AM   Printer-friendly

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These were "a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks [...] against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001."

Of the 2,977 people who died, 2,605 were U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens (excluding the 19 perpetrators). More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including the United Kingdom (67 deaths), the Dominican Republic (47 deaths), India (41 deaths), Greece (39 deaths), South Korea (28 deaths), Canada (24 deaths), Japan (24 deaths), Colombia (18 deaths), Jamaica (16 deaths), Philippines (16 deaths), Mexico (15 deaths), Trinidad and Tobago (14 deaths), Ecuador (13 deaths), Australia (11 deaths), Germany (11 deaths), Italy (10 deaths), Bangladesh (6 deaths), Ireland (6 deaths), Pakistan (6 deaths), and Poland (6 deaths).

It was a tragedy not only for America, but for the world.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by istartedi on Saturday September 11, @09:05AM (3 children)

    by istartedi (123) on Saturday September 11, @09:05AM (#1176921) Journal

    Too many things, really. This anniversary means that we have a whole generation who knows nothing of life before. So many big things, so I'm not even going to try. I'm just going to leave one *little* thing for the youngsters to consider.

    You know how on the cable news channels, and even on the morning news programs from the old networks (if you even still watch them), there is a steady stream of text going by? Some call it "the crawl". If you're of the post-9/11 generation, you probably never gave it a 2nd thought.

    Well give it some thought. Before 9/11, we'd seen those before. They were trotted out for any serious event, such as a major weather disaster. They'd use it during the height of the emergency and then it would go away. The early days of 9/11 certainly fit the bill, but get this--the crawls never went away after that. They've subconsciously kept us in a state of emergency, with advertising in there also.

    That kind of sums it up--a perpetual state of emergency that we can use to make a little more money than we made before. It's one little thing. Now go back and consider the bigger things.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by canopic jug on Saturday September 11, @09:17AM

    by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 11, @09:17AM (#1176925) Journal

    It's also used to spread falsehoods and even create false memories. People can't look away from the chyron and thus those that can read end up reading it. In that way it takes priority in their awareness over the speaking. For a specific example, Faux News can show President Biden speaking, but the words people will remember will not be his but those presented in the crawl. All the while they will swear they heard him speak yet in reality they tuned him out and mapped his voice onto the text and its the falshoods in the text they remember albeit in his voice.

    Money is not free speech. Elections should not be auctions.
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mhajicek on Saturday September 11, @04:08PM

    by mhajicek (51) on Saturday September 11, @04:08PM (#1177015)

    Yes, a whole generation that has never known freedom. Used to be we could board an airplane or visit Canada or Mexico without being searched like a criminal. It has been proven that those searches do not achieve their stated goal, but they do achieve their true goal of conditioning people to accept authoritarianism.

  • (Score: 2) by SomeGuy on Saturday September 11, @05:33PM

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Saturday September 11, @05:33PM (#1177033)

    Crawlers? Similarly, the constant barrage of split screen guest "experts" spewing narratives. Make their "experts" look more impressive by looking like they are teleconferencing from some other state. The vast majority of the time they were actually in another room in the same studio. Only in the last couple of years, due to covid, have guests really been teleconferencing.

    Also, a whole generation will know nothing of what it was like to fly an airplane without having the TSA to grope or scan them. Or to enter a workplace without a guard at each entrance and security badge locks every step of the way.