Remembering 9/11

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It’s hard to believe that Sunday will mark the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks that hit the World Trade Center. Just like most everyone else, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the planes struck. Personally, I was in the 7th grade in an elementary school in the Bronx, NY. It’s so strange to think how much time passed and now I’m sitting here writing this blog post like it’s a piece of history. It’s almost stranger to think that at this point, it is a piece of history that happens to feel like it happened only days ago.

It’s ¬†also hard to step foot around any sort of media – digital or not – and not see an article, tweet, blog post, or Facebook status about the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Rightfully so.

Sometimes though, events like these make me wonder, who is writing an article just to get some content out there and who is writing an article to actually tell a story and bring a new point of view to readers.

Obviously, I can’t sit here as I write a 9/11 post and point fingers at people for doing the same (and I hope it’s obvious that those are not my intentions). But reading an article earlier this morning about 9/11 and design really started to get me to think of everything a little differently. One of the headlines really stood out to me, “Patriot’s Day: Remember and Consume!”¬†That article has a lot of interesting points about how consumption knows no boundaries, even great tragedy.

I can’t help but hope that people remember that every tweet, status update, blog post, etc. these next few days actually has a powerful meaning behind them and it’s not just another trending topic.

On the other hand, it’s also important to be optimistic and remember that many people do have the best intentions whether or not they voice it online. Take this Facebook status chain for instance:

Countless people heard some news about Sunday and decided to dedicate their status to it.

The bottom line is this: It’s important to remember the significance of what this Sunday is. It’s about remembering all of those innocent people that lost their lives and those who are fighting to keep us all safe and free.


(photo above via Time)