but something can never be reversed
The 9/11 of bonding
What happened to the families of the 9/11 hijackers?
Nineteen hijackers died on 9/11.
What should be done with what’s left of them?
The terrorist attacks against the United States of America on September 11, 2001, gave rise to a new collection of social anxieties within the nation’s populace. The horrifying nature of the attacks and the government’s immediate encouragement of patriotism in their wake resulted in the implied prohibition of unpatriotic discourse. Rather than dealing with terrorism, war, and suspicion of the government explicitly, filmmakers opted to express their post-9/11 anxieties through metaphor. Concurrently, cinema made available therapeutic catharsis for the nation’s newfound fears.
Horror films enjoyed a renewed popularity in the years following 9/11. The most notably prolific subgenre within this trend is the zombie film. The five years following 9/11 have seen the popular reception of a variety of zombie films including: 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead, and Land of the Dead. The mindless monsters once avoided by serious horror directors seem to have captured post-9/11 America’s collective imagination.
Through the metaphoric distancing device of the zombies, modern horror directors are able to safely explore America’s post-9/11 anxieties. Phenomena such as patriotism, paranoia, the fear of a terrorist Other, and the distrust of the government become open for artistic exploration when they are removed from the problematic framework of recent history.
5secondfilms’ version of OBL’s final moments.
“The Most Basic Form of Mind Control is Repetition” by Adam Cosco.
We do not in fact know what we are saying or naming in this way: September 11, le 11 septembre, September 11. The brevity of the appellation (September 11, 9/11) stems not only from an economic or rhetorical necessity. The telegram of this metonymy—a name, a number—points out the unqualifiable by recognizing that we do not recognize or even cognize that we do not yet know how to qualify, that we do not know what we are talking about.
‘If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first class cabin and then me saying ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry’.”
#WTC -> #WTF