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Sunday, September 11, 2005

September 11, 2001 – A Day We Will Never Forget

Jeff Faria (Mister Snitch!) has created a website After 9/11 that includes a five minute audio and video clip from his documentary, After 9/11 Remerance and Renewal. Faria had also hoped the site would be a place to “link blogs posts year by year, to see how our feelings and attitudes toward 9/11 evolve over time.”

Faria writes: “fate has stepped in and 9/11 continues to elude decisive commentary. This year, Hurricane Katrina and the events surrounding it have colored, obscured, and dwarfed 9/11 posts around the blogosphere. Therefore we’ve forgone 9/11 posts in this site’s first year."

In the spirit of Faria’s After 9/11 project we have compiled links from New Jersey blogs commemorating the day we will never forget.

Armies of Liberation - 911
Bad Hair Blog - Always Remember
Barista of Bloomfield Avenue - Tragic Overload?
Blue State Conservatives - Lest We Forget
BuzzMachine - Remember
Clifton Blogs - Remember
CoffeeGrounds - On A More Somber Note
Confessions of a Jersey Goddess - 9/11: Moving On is A Good Thing; Forgetting is Not
Cripes, Suzette! - 9/11
Enlighten-NewJersey - September 11, 2001 – A Day We Will Never Forget
Exit Zero
- Never Forget
GiggleChick - 9.11
Jersey Beat - Remember (As If We Could Forget)
Keepin It Real - Never Forget...
Laughing At The Pieces - Freedom's Just Another Word.. *
Likelihood of Confusion - Here is New York -- A September 11 Excerpt
Mister Snitch! - Our After 911 Site Is Online
New Midget Revue - I will never forget
NJ Spoken Word - 9/11: The People Who Forget Their History Are...
Parkway Rest Stop - Never Forget
Reihl World View - 9/11 and 9/11: Fireman and Angel Ice Sculpture
Shamrocketship - Year 4
Sluggo Needs a Nap - Lest We Forget
Tami,The One True - September 11th, 2005
The Idiom - 1460 Days
The Political Dogs - Medals of Valor Awarded
Tiger Hawk - The September 11 Post
Uncle Tonoose - Forget Me Not

As the day progresses we will add any additional New Jersey blog posts.


At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

Thanks. This is a wonderful collection of links. It's a hard day.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Thank you Enlighten and Mr Snitch!

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

Not that anyone asked, but since this is posted here...

I spent this 9/11 frantically looking for 9/11 links. They were a lot easier to find on 9/11 than even a day before (at least with the usual search tools... Google, Technorati, etc.). It seemed like every 9/11 link I'd find was really a Katrina post or anti-Bush screed (i.e.: 'Bush moved right away for 9/11, but took his time for Katrina'... that sort of thing). On Sunday, all the sources I was looking for lit up and were easy to find. But by then, of course, it was far too late for me to go through them all and select some for the site, especially since it IS a site (not a blog) and more difficult for me to alter on short notice (it's just outside of my skill set, still).

One fellow disagreed with my contention that 'blogs did not exist' in 2001. I found at least one blog that agreed with me. It depends largely on how one defines a 'blog'. Instapundit DID exist in 2001 (it started that year). But a word for it ("blog") did not, I think, exist at that time. And, "blogs" or "online journals" if you like, were far less common than they are now. It is their ubiquity that makes them significant, so one can make the argument that blogs were not "significant" (even if they "existed") in 2001. Semantics, really.

Anyway, blog input will be added to the site as we go along. The site will be left up year-round. Frankly, I'm hoping to find some sort of support that will allow the documentary to be finished properly (it's 40 minutes, should be closer to an hour with new sources I'd like to include, and has some rough edges in terms of sounud reproduction). I continue to be amazed that this is the only documentary/memorial on the subject that deals with the various ad hoc efforts to deal with the overwhelming nature of the attacks. Pretty much everything else centers around falling buildings and crashing airplanes. Which is fine, I guess, but not particularly satisfying for me. I was a lot less interested in how we got damaged (duh) than how we got better.

I remember the damage. I live in Hoboken, which I guess other Jersey denizens know lost more citizens per capita than anywhere else. I was doing the advertising for a special Hoboken election that began right after 9/11. For two weeks, I ran ads that did not mention the election. I used an image of the candidate and a flag, and some text that I hoped was soothing. We could smell the acrid smoke for months. Apartments actually went begging for a while - some were suddenly vacated because their tenants were dead, and many of the usual expected takers weren't sure they wanted to live in a terrorist target zone anymore. Basically the city was non-functional. Even local politicians were polite to each other. It doesn't get more shocking than that. The baby steps in dealing with the trauma - that was the story, for me.

So this piece of the documentary, at least, is now out there in the ether, trying to find its way to wherever it is that it needs to go. It needed a push, and I'm especially grateful to the local bloggers who helped get the link out there so it could be seen by anyone who wanted to see it.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

NPR is (right now) running a story on how "debriefing" was used as a technique in recovery after 9/11. The thrust of the piece is that it didn't really work, it was counterproductive. (Called "outsourcing compassion".) What worked, in the end, was time and informal efforts. That's what I focused on documenting. When the pain was worst, at the beginning, it was ubiquitous shrines and art and meetings in public spaces. It was all extemporaneous and trial by error and everyone at his own pace. It was amazing and (probably) will never be repeated in our lifetimes.

And no one said it was the government's fault, whether it was or not. That wasn't relevant to anyone at the time.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger nightfly said...

Mr. Snitch - Mr. Bingley over at the Coalition had a first-rate one, in fact the very same from the Carnival. He had put it up a couple of days prior.

Enlighten, you may want to put that in this roundup; also, I'll be putting the After 9/11 site link in the Pantheon.

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