Tragedy Porn

I woke this morning looking forward to watching the Sunday news shows. What can I say? I’m a masochist. Then I remembered the date. Today’s 9/11, the day the US acts if we are the only country to suffer a great tragedy. The day we act as if people don’t die tragically every goddamn day. I know because I lost my brother in a car accident around the time of 9/11. But apparently his death just wasn’t spectacular enough to warrant national hysteria.

I’m buying this t-shirt as soon as I’m done writing this caption

Also, I get the feeling that some people cling to 9/11 for the most ghoulish of reasons, not to mourn those lost but to challenge people’s patriotism and glory in making some segments of our population the dusky, untrustworthy “other*.” Honestly, it makes me sick. 

I find the maudlin wallowing in grief on every 9/11 unseemly and tasteless. Unless you lost someone on  9/11 or were in the thick of things at the Pentagon or Ground Zero, please shut the fuck up about it.

In less spectacularly misanthropic news, I wanted to thank you all for participating in my Guilty Pleasures thread. It was an assload of fun and I think pretty much everyone really got into the spirit of things and bared their tacky, tacky souls. It was awesome.

Next week for RMF, I’d like to swing wildly in the opposite direction and ask people which songs they’re most proud of liking. Yes, we will all be at the cool table that day.

*other being everyone from Libruls to Muslims

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5 thoughts on “Tragedy Porn

  1. Also, I get the feeling that some people cling to 9/11 for the most ghoulish of reasons, not to mourn those lost but to challenge people's patriotism and glory in making some segments of our population the dusky, untrustworthy "other*." Honestly, it makes me sick. Even more ghoulishly, for money, power, and blowing up people on "our" oilfields.Here's a comment (one of the few supporting Fred Hiatt's editorial in The War Criminal Post yesterday):gandalf1041 wrote:I am a veteran of the US Navy. Eight Years. I am a father. I am SICK TO DEATH of this mamby pamby attitutude that has cost us our country and has forced me to witness the demise of the greatest country on earth in the name of political correctness.Instead of invading, we should have treated Afghanistan as we did Japan. Having been in the gulf on duty on a warship, I can tell you from personal experience that the world would be in a better place today if we had done just that. Changing the middle east BACK to an uninhabited oil field would have been a much better alternative. I have sat her for 10 years and watched the spineless react. Now, thanks to that, we have islamic terrorists and Internet terrorists. …(etc. etc., and I inserted the spacing for legibility)Today 9/11/2011 7:03:22 AM EDT~

  2. Thanks VS. I said my piece a couple weeks ago, and now I just want it to be over. I see some RahRah nine eleven horseshit on the web or on facebook (even, gawd help us all, in the comics, fer crissakes) and I lean into the keyboard to respond with disgust and vitriol, and then I think, shit. Why bother. The problem isn't even that our elected leadership manipulated the events of that day to implement their most foul longings and authoritarian impulses, from aggressive war to torture to surveillance to the very kind of indefinite detention without due process I can remember the US used to rail against the Soviets for. No, the problem is we all KNOW we were manipulated. I don't know if it would have been possible to hide it, but in fact they barely tried. They just did what they wanted, and responded to any question or challenge by invoking 9/11, as a talisman against any sort of resistance at all.And yeah. It worked. But it worked because we let it, just like all the wealth now flows upward to the wealthiest, our roads and bridges and schools are crumbling, jobs are increasingly scarce and menial, and even as we are the wealthiest nation in the world we watch our citizens suffer and die of treatable diseases because our 'money' is too precious to share with our community.We let it happen. We stood and watched, and now we are numb to the discovery that democracy and community were just never that important to us after all. We can change things too, but at this point it's going to be a lot harder and bloodier than it needed to be…

  3. I saw you'd written about 9/11 and how you were not going to roll around in the leftover pageant-grief like a pig in slop. I meant to read thru and comment. Anyway, I agree so much with your comment. I wish I didn't. And yeah. It worked. But it worked because we let it, just like all the wealth now flows upward to the wealthiest, our roads and bridges and schools are crumbling, jobs are increasingly scarce and menial, and even as we are the wealthiest nation in the world we watch our citizens suffer and die of treatable diseases because our 'money' is too precious to share with our community.Now you keep your lollipops and rainbows over at your site.

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