3 Sep

As we all know, the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is quickly approaching — perhaps quicker than any of us really would have imagined it would, in some ways. And the news media — my publication, the Spinal Column Newsweekly, included — is commemorating the upcoming event (we are doing it much more tastefully). There will be, in the next week and a half, tributes, interviews, remembrances, long essays on the terrorist attacks and their ripple effects, and frankly, some really terrible television and made-for-TV movies exploiting the horrific acts of that day in an attempt to grab ratings and readership.

So here is the question: Should the media cover the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, at all? If so, why? And if not, why not?

Respond to this QOTW in a thoughtful, 150-200 word response by the time class starts on Friday, Sept. 9.


26 Responses to “QUESTION OF THE WEEK – WEEK 1”

  1. Alex Duenas September 3, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    I believe like other “historical” events the anniversary of 9/11 should be at least remembered. It was this generation’s first-hand account of America’s involvement with the “war on terror”. Just like Pearl Harbor is remembered every 7th of December, even though it was a tragic moment in United States history, it is nonetheless a historical event that Americans should remember. Not only to remind us of the lives lost but also as a foundation to prevent future conflicts. If we can take anything away from this tragic event. We have learned about flaws within security in certain aspects of our country. With what we have acquired from these tragedies we can better protect our lives and the lives of others. Airport security has heightened. Border control has become tighter. The American people wish not to have another event such as 9/11 on our hands. Without this event I doubt the precautions we take today would be effect. This is why i believe the 10th anniversary should be remembered. Although is remembrance day will be a bitter one.

  2. Ginger Minock September 3, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    On one hand it should be covered because our entirecountry was attacked ten years ago. On September 11,2001 the Twin Towers were taken down by two air planes as well as the Pentagon,and the people and flight 93. Not only did it affect the citizens of New York ,Virgina and Pennsylvania it affected the whole nation. That being said We should all remeber together as a unnited nation. On the other hand the families should be able to morn the loss of their loved ones in peace. For some people it is easier to deal with a loss alone. I remember exactly where I was the day we were attacked and it is a day I will never forget. I will spend the day remebering with or without the televised brodcast. I don’t believe people should profit from such a tragedy.

  3. Amanda Rose Okonowski September 3, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    I think it should be remembered. It’s a day that altered our lives and way of living, a day that should be remembered for what can not happen agian, but I also believe it should be done respectfuly to all cultures. The 9/11 coloring book tragets the whole arabic culture as the ones who targeted the U.S. instead of the talibian. 9/11 should be remembered for what it was and what it caused.

  4. Derek Delap September 4, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    It’s crazy to think that I was only in the seventh grade when the Twin Towers fell. I remember the day it happend. Our teacher Mrs. Brooks had turned on the news and said, “a part of America’s history was in the process of being created.” I believe that the commemoration of 911 is good for the nation, but the exploitation of 911 is a horrible thing. Thousands of people lost loved ones and family members to the tragedy. The media shouldn’t be the one’s to draw the line in terms of, what is and isn’t too far in regards of the families emotions. Most importantly profit should not be the name of the game for any 911 tributes. People who are out to make a profit off a national tragedy are not good willed people.

  5. Julie Blattler September 4, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    Whether it’s mentioned in the media or not, September 11th will always be remembered. For many young adults, it was the first national tragedy they had ever experienced. It’s burned into our brains like a bad dream. I do, in fact, think the media should cover the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I think it’s important to give tribute to those who gave their lives and who continue fighting for this country. And for the younger generation who don’t remember or know much about it, it’s important for them to know as well what happened that day and how it affected people as individuals and as a nation. This day will always be mentioned in history books. The date will never be forgotten. We should pay our respects and because media is such a large component in our society, I think that’s the best way to do it.

  6. Ryan Tavarez September 4, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Without a doubt the events of 9/11 should be remembered. Whether the media should cover the anniversary? I believe it would be proper to at least make mention, or to have a moment of silence. It’s important to give thought to the past, especially remembrance to the dead, but not to let it dominate the present or future. As a nation this was an event that effected us as a whole, it is important.

    Personally, let the media cover what they want, it’s up to us to determine at what to point to turn the t.v. off, or to put the paper down. I expect the media to drag this event out just as they dragged out the death of Micheal Jackson. It’s good to be informed, but they love to beat a dead horse…

  7. Ashlie Detiege September 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I think we should all be allowed to remember September 11th in our own way. Tenth anniversary or not by now americans are fully aware of what happened. Why does the media need to replay it for us over and over again?

    This year should be more about rebuilding and about all the hidden symbolism of the new tower. Instead of asking where were you and how has September 11th impacted you and your family. They should ask where are you going to be when the memorial opens and how is the building going to effect you and your family. The media should spend more time focusing on the future instead of reliving the past. The tenth anniversary only comes once so why spend it like we have the last nine years?

  8. Mark Ryan Beyer September 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I believe this is a very important day to remember in United States history. The first thing I remember are all the lives that were lost on 9/11. This was a day that changed our country in many ways. Not only should we remember the lives lost in this tragic event. We also need to remember how the terror tactic of the terrorists affected our country. In the past 10 years billions of U.S. currency has been spent on our defense for terrorism. Although, its very hard to revisit the memory of that day, its also very consoling to the people of the United States to see what great strides have been made in Homeland Security. This day will always deserve recognition to honor the lives lost and the lives that have to continue on without their loved ones. For our county not to remember this day would be a huge diservice to everyone involved.

  9. pinhoenglish1520 September 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Thanks for the thoughtful responses so far!

  10. Norm Vernier September 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Absolutley, the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 should be covered by the media. Media must be carefull not to be a conspiracy theorist, rather cover this tragic event with well sourced and documented facts.
    Some media coverage can be considered tools of the terrorists, by magnifying the size of the audience and exposure to the consequences. Media should stick to standard criteria of newsworthiness, namely sensationlism. This will reduce the sense of fear and concern of the reader.
    We should honor the lives lost in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on that tracic day. Among the 2,996 victims who died in the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters, and 8 private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people killed in the attack of the Pentagon, There were no survivors from any of the

    flights and the majority of casualties were civilans.
    Many countries strengthed their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded laws and enforcement powers.
    There should be no chanting for ” Death of Islam : or ” Death to Muslim’s ” – No burning of other nations flag. Just respectful displays of reverence and remembrance for the many victims and their families.

    the flights, and the overwhelming majority of casualties were civiians.
    I will never…We will never forget the cowardly and demonic acts that were perpetrated against our country, our freedom and thousands of truly innocent lives. I am not seeking revenge, merely justice for the thousnds lives taken by willful men, in pursuit of their own selfish agendas. Theircause and actions are not true to the Word of any God or legimate Prophet.

  11. Misty Dowlan September 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    The events of September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten.
    I remember getting a call to turn on the TV. I stood there in complete shock, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The towers were still standing when I first learned of what had happend in New York.
    I went to work as many others did that day, even though productivity was the last things on our minds. You could hear the outrage, the fear, and the sadness.
    Every news channel showed and continuously replayed the horrific footage. Each time it played it was like reliving the terror all over again.
    Although I’m not sure what the media has in store for us. I don’t think I could sit and watch all the horrible things that happened that day again.
    I do believe we should remember what happened, the people that innocently lost their lives and those that risked their lives to help save those that could be saved. If the media could focus on the fact that we as a nation will not be brought down, that the people have come together to rebuild and will continue to fight for our country, then by all means the anniversary should be covered. However, if their intent is to capitalize and repackage the horrors of the day I say it is better to honor the dead through our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Norm Vernier September 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Absolutely, the 10th anniversary of Sept.11 2011 should be covered by the media. Media must be careful not to be a conspiracy theorist, rather cover this tragic event with well sourced and documented facts.
    Media coverage can be considered tools of the terrorist, by magnifying the size of the audience and exposure to the consequences.
    I will never…We will never forget the cowardly and demonic acts that were perpetrated against our country, our freedom and thousands of truly innocent lives.
    We must remember every innocent victim, every brave rescuer and every brave hero, who died in honor.We must always remember every family that still lives in grief. We must remember the thousands of funerals of innocent children.
    Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers.
    Disreguard the first reply, that was work in progress, sent by accident.

  13. Melina VerVane September 5, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    i can remember where i was, and what i was doing when the planes crashed into the twin towers. this event is especially close to me personally cause we thought we had lost my sister. she was on a flight to new york at the time of the crash and it was very possible that she could have been on either of the ones that brought down the twin towers. while this may seem very insignificant compared to what people felt who actually lost a loved one of even loved ones, it was and still is very close to me.
    i believe that we should not seek to provoke vengeance in the American citizens by promoting the affects of 9/11 but that we should evoke a sense of remembrance for those who were lost or injured in the event. the war in Iraq is unnecessary and our soldiers should be home by now. invading their country cause they harmed ours doesn’t make it right. pretty sure most kids learn at a young age that two wrongs don’t make a right. i grew up taught that violence was never the answer and it may be naive to still hold these beliefs but i think that there are better ways. so we should not remember the anger but the heroism, not the fighting for vengeance but the fight for life that many went through. and most of all we would be wise to remember all the brave people who tried to save others. these are the things that should be celebrated, not the fact that in turn our country also hurt another. i think that in both cases we were wrong and so were they so we should not just remember but learn from what happened. we will progress no where if we do not learn from our mistakes.

  14. Mary Collier September 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I beleive the media should cover the 10th anniversary of September 11th. That day had a huge affect on the United States why not remember the fallen lives and the heros. I’ll never forget school started late that day and I was in the living room and dropped to the floor as it came across the television. That was the day my friend lost her dad! History teaches us how we come together as a nation and it helps us from recreating the past. Terroist came for the weak and got the strongest if it wasn’t for the memories we keep alive everyday they would win. We learn in school and keep the memories alive about the Holocaust why not keep in our hearts and minds about another significant event in history. That day pushed us all to the limit and tested our strenghts but we fought back strong and stayed a strong country. All the lives that September 11th 2001 touched will never be the same and if we don’t keep it alive all the progress we have made since then was for nothing. It’s like saying it isn’t important if we don’t remember that significant day that would change the world forever.So i say we all take a moment that day and just stop and realize what we have all been through no matter if you lost a loved one or knew someone affected or it just touched you all together. Never let history die it’s how we learn about the future!

  15. Susan Kim September 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Absolutely, I think, the media should cover the horrific events that occurred on 9/11 as it has marked a day in history, never to be forgotten. I believe, in good faith and with good, solid, well-balanced media coverage, the general public needs to be informed and reminded so that we can, memorialize and symphatize with all of the victims, the lost lives, the survivors and their family and friends. Although, presently and thank God, “The Secretary of Homeland Security has not issued an elevated or imminent alert at this time; we remain at a heightened level of vigilance.” website address is:
    All American citizens need to be reminded, to remain cautious, alert and vigilant to our surroundings and neighborhoods and report any suspicious activities to “The Secretary of Homeland Security”. As the American culture, and the rest of the world for that matter, has changed over the course of the last 10 years, we need to be constantly reminded to not take life and our loved ones for granted.

  16. Eunishia Hooks September 6, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I remember the tragic day like many historic moments as if they recently occured. Many individuals faces were covered in dust, standing around watching their loved ones, friends, colleagues collapse with the buildings. This was such a sad incident and unforgetting. I do think that 9/11 will definitely be remembered, and yes the media should continue to cover this day. This histotical day had an extreme impact on the nation. Millions of people lost their loved ones and not only that it appears to me that the war is neverending. We continue to loose our faith in our leaders who’s responsibility is to protect the nation. Our country was invaded for whatever reason, and now that I’m older I wonder how many more disguised threats (terroist) crossed the border? Why do we keep letting the outsiders in. Do our protector’s take their jobs seriously. I wonder if we’re safe even in the days to come with all the continuous threats. I think it should be covered and not advertised. Innocent lives were lost without reason. But no reason could justify this tragedy!!! Everyone that survived, saved lives or even experienced that day physically willl be honored. The war was and will continue to be a NEVERENDING AFFAIR!!! The day of 9/11 is and will always be Historically remembered.

  17. Chad Koenig September 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    I, like most people will always remember the tragic event that occurred on that day. You hear about how people remember exactly what they were doing when an event so horrific happens. I remember being at a friends, feeling disbelief over what I was seeing on television. His father was in the room and was giving us a speech about how “nothing will ever be the same after this”. I believe It was a terrifying and confusing time for most people. I also remember the months following it was a state of panic. There was reports of anthrax being found just about everywhere. People were cashing in on flags and emergency kits. The media was scaring the shit out of people everyday after the attack. That being said I will get to my argument. I personally believe that anniversary’s are exploited by the media. What does ten years to the day mean anyway? why do we have to remember on that day? I remember and will always remember what happened. I will always feel sympathy for the people and families that were close to the tragedy. From the media’s standpoint it’s not about remembering. It’s about getting as many viewers as possible.

  18. Stephen Packett September 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Should the media cover “9/11” on the tenth of September? I guess the anwser is yes, but who’s to say when the media should cover something. The obvisious anniversary of an important event, or the upcoming anniversary usually can stir enough media for the days to come and follow. I think its important to remember “9/11” anyday. I dont need a reminder on the 10th of what happened on the 11th. I understand about not beating a dead horse when it comes to media, but September is more then cd sales, back to school shopping, or new TV shows– its about the lives that were lost and the people that died trying to save them– Heroes. I guess the real question I have is, if the media stopped coverage of the event all together would we forget the day? I can only hope the answer is no.

  19. Sean Williams September 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    The media and television should definitely cover the anniversary of 9/11. I say this with unreserved certainty and pure patroitism. That day was the darkest day for America for my entire geneartion and affected our country more profoundly and utterly than any national event since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In my lifetime no other event has brought American citizens, and even foreign sympathy, together in mourning for our losses, and inspired a decade long War on Terror in response to bring hell to those responsible, culminating in the recent defeat of Osama Bin Laden. The media should be absolutely allowed to cover the anniversary, in fact I encourage it, even if they are really only doing it for ratings. I say this in full honesty, even accepting selfish motivations without reservation. This is because we must never forget what happenned that day, never forget our innocent loved ones who died because of the fanatical hatred of extremists and the heroes who gave their lives to stop them. Even if television stations only run memorial shows for their own profit, I applaud their efforts because it still brings it to the hearts of the American people and shows it to those to young to remember. We owe it to our great nation every year to take time away from our Desperate Housewives and Jersey Shore to honor those who payed the ultimate price that fateful day and show the world that We Will Remember.

  20. Cora Grimaldi September 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    I believe the media should cover the attacks that occurred on 9/11 a decade years ago. As the media is known to over publicize things that aren’t important, I think it is ok to go all out for this very grievous and important event. Ten years ago this Sunday, such a tragic event happened that open eyes to the nation, and mostly the young generation that there really is a war on terror out there. This attack was a wakeup call to America. To publicize the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will remember the families that lost one of their love ones, and the hero’s that risked their own lives to go into a burning building, that was about to collapse at any minute, just to save lives. It will also remind everyone of the tragedy that happened in America; the fear of what would happen next, and the horrific event that brought America closer together.

  21. Elizabeth Blaszkiewicz September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I believe that the media should not only continue covering 9/11 but should be required to. This event was a tragic moment for the United States which will forever live in our history. However, I believe that the coverage the media has on it should always be accurate and also sympathetic. Many people lost family and friends in this horrific incident. I think it is important that the kids in elementary school and children who were too young at the time of the incident to grasp what was going on should still be learning and hear about this event. The media should defiantly still cover this moment in history.

  22. Kevin Paredes September 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Of course the events of 9-11 should be remembered. It’s important to appreciate the dead and be respectful towards the events of that day. This affected us as a nation, making it an important point of history to remember. However, we cannot let that day bog us down from progress. The fear and anxiety will only stop us from achieving a better future.

    Personally, I feel the media can stand to be more humble about 9-11. Marketing off of such an event is not a proper way to pay respect. It’s like a scab that’s constantly picked at. Regardless, it’s still up to us to honor the trials and tribulations of that day; and decide whether something is disrespectful or not.

  23. Briana Lack September 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I think the media should cover everything on September 11th. 9/11 was a day that affected everyone quite hard, whether you were young or old, it made an impact on our lives, Millions of people lost the lives of their loved one, and there should be a special tribute to all those people. Nobody really wants to relive that horrible day, but we should celebrate on how far the united states has recovered from this. This attack stunned us all, a moment we thought we would never get through. Now ten years later were finally moving on. I think the media not covering this would be even harsher. It would be like they are trying to forget it, and making everyone forget it too. We need to all come together on September 11th and appreciate our country, and how well we are still surviving. By covering this event it shows how much it still affects are every day lives. We need to show to the people who lost someone, that we still care for them and our hearts goes out to them. This is a day we will never forget and it will probably be our history books somewhere down the road. We shouldn’t act like this tragedy never happen but be grateful to everyone that helped us get by after this happened.

  24. Gina Zamora September 9, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    I believe the media should most definitely cover the tragedy of September 11th. September 11th had such an impact on the united states society, Not just people in New York but, everywhere! Children lost their parents, Men and women lost their significant others, and family members all over were left wondering, why my family? I remember I was in third grade and all my classmates and I were told to get under the desks, we had no idea what was happening around us but, everyone was so devastated.

    As many are still haunted by such a horrific tragedy and hurt as much today as they were back then, it is always nice to remember and give thanks to everyone who lost their lives in the towers, who lost their lives trying to help people get out, and how great of a support team the United States has. September 11th is a day to remember whether you were affected personally by it, or just through the media. It’s silly to think people could just forget about such an important time in the world.

  25. Ben Fawcett September 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I believe the media has every right to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th, but in my opinion it is time to leave all that happened in the past. Bringing up the past to mourn just adds more sadness to the already desolate world we live in. September 11th is already commemorated, not by the media, but by the measures our country has taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

  26. Matt Knedgen September 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    As most people believe, I too believe that the media should cover the 911 events, as long as they do it in an honorable way. I know the media will only do it for ratings and not actually truly caring about what happened. I cannot blame them for that it is the only way they can survive competition. On the other hand though, ever since 911, the media has been using fear to draw in viewers and ratings, which agitates me somewhat. I understand how they are just trying to tell “news”, but the way they deliver the news to me just seems that they are trying to scare people. That’s a different story though. Other reasons why I believe that the media should cover the 10th anniversary of 911; are to teach others who were too young to know what happened or were not even around then, to help remember all the innocent lives that were lost that day, and to tell how it was a major event that will never be forgotten in American history.

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