I read several news stories and columns on Monday complaining about the amount of coverage devoted to the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
It wasn’t a shock at all to see such complaints. People tire of such stories fairly quickly, especially if they don’t feel that the story directly and personally affects them.
Try telling a member of the family of one of those who died that the media shouldn’t cover 9/11 anniversaries anymore. Or that it’s silly to put so much emphasis on the 10th anniversary just because it’s a round number. Or that there’s nothing special about the 10th anniversary that was any bigger than the 8th anniversary. Good luck with that.
I asked on my Twitter account (which I’m sure you’re following, right?) whether people thought the media did too much. Apparently, most of my followers didn’t seem to think so:
Oddly enough, I found it extremely easy to turn on the television on Sunday and not see 9/11. Some on Facebook seem to imply that it was “all 9/11, all day.” But in a television landscape of hundreds of channels, such a statement is ridiculous. Even some of the major networks ran non-9/11 programming. Wasn’t there a football game?
In local communities across the country, Charleston included, people actually got up from in front of their televisions and came together for memorial services. They listened to patriotic music and prayed together.
I doubt most of them thought it was time to stop talking about 9/11. After all, they put a lot more effort into remembering 9/11 than those who didn’t want to hear about it, but somehow couldn’t bring themselves to pick up a remote control and just change the channel.