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August 23, 2011

Preventing Terrorism Porn

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on August 23, 2011

Veronique de Rugy created the term terror porn to describe hyping terrorism as a way to justify homeland security and related spending.

I’d like to propose augmenting that definition to include an ethical dimension.

A few weeks ago I was in a seminar listening to someone deliver a research paper about homeland security. The presentation included slides. One of the slides was a picture of the World Trade Center Towers.

The image did not show the Towers about to be destroyed by planes, on fire, or collapsing. Instead, it showed what the Towers looked like on a clear and sun shining day before the attack.

I briefly registered the picture, but did not pay much conscious attention to it.

One of the people in the seminar was a New York City firefighter. He asked a question about the substance of the presentation. After the getting his answer he quietly said, “And thanks for using that picture of the Towers.”

As the days of August end, the sounds of the September 11, 2001 commemorations will get louder.

Yes we should remember, and with respect.

Looking at the Towers and the Pentagon and the Shanksville field as they were does not hide the horror curtained in the lives and imaginations of those who witnessed that day.

And for those too young to have known that day? What images do we share with them?

I don’t know.

 

 

 

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7 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2011 @ 12:25 am

Great pic! Too bad that the Towers were always a basket case economically. The real explanation perhaps as to why 10 years later still no real replacement. And NYC changed forever. The real impacts of the destruction will not be known for decades.

Comment by Mattes

August 23, 2011 @ 3:03 am

great, nice

Comment by Alan Wolfe

August 23, 2011 @ 7:15 am

I have a bad habit of looking at pictures of the Pentagon when the newspapers, blogs, or Hollywood films drag out the vintage photographs. Usually you see the heliport on the west side of the Pentagon or the smaller north parking lot, indicating a pre-9/11 photo. Not sure that the DoD has ever allowed new aerial photos or film stock of the restored building, and I really wish the leadership would. At the least, it would restore the idea that we did in fact survive and overcome that day. Looking at the old photos just reminds me of what’s not there today and what happened that day.

Comment by Alan Wolfe

August 23, 2011 @ 7:16 am

But yeah, happy to see an end to the use of the burning Pentagon in powerpoint slide briefs as well.

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

Hey must of been Ghost of UBL that launched earthquake at 1:58PM on Eastern USA–felt from North Carolina to Canada. Must be practicing for 9/11/11?

Comment by John Comiskey

August 23, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

A thing of beauty, a joy forever.

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