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Feb 26, 2007



I still have a hard time looking at these things. They're not interesting or informational to me--yet. Which is why I can't watch any movies on the subject. The only real 9/11 subject I watched was a documentary on PBS that detailed the entire day. Even that was very difficult to watch. Maybe it's just me, but some things still cut too close to the heart and home.


I feel a little uneasy about the voyeurism of this. What do you want me to think from showing this? Why is this more fascinating than keeping all the papers the day after the tsunami? Or when the Berlin wall came down? And is it 'fascinating' because of how different papers treated it, or just because it's a big event that has happened and been chronicled in our lifetime?

Think I'd be more interested in seeing the papers which took a different spin on it - fundamentalist Muslim papers in the Middle East etc - as this would be more surprising and provide a better demonstration of the full extent of reactions it provoked.

Also, it was a few days after rather than September 12th, but the Onion's front page headline "US vows to defeat whoever it is we're at war with" deserves a mention here.


I like the Daily Mail - "Apocalypse". Talk about the overdramatic.

I remember sitting transfixed in front of the TV for over 9 hours after hearing about the first plane hitting. So by the time the papers showed the image the next day, it had already been ingrained in my mind 1,000 times and my reaction was still the same: a mindnumbing lack of understanding as to how anyone could do this.


Lebowski - if you click through you can see international headlines from pretty much everywhere including Argentina, Brazil and Denmark. Although it doesn't look like there's anything from Israel or Irag or Saudi Arabia.

I don't really want you to think anything after reading this. I just think it's interesting to see how different people communicated the same story (and almost always the same picture) in different ways.

I also think it's interesting because of how graphic the images were and also how the actual event was captured in real time, as opposed to say the tsunami or the end of the Cold War.


Have I said "take a look" too much today?


in many cases the headlines in that archive are somewhat more unsettling than the images...

(your post has reminded me of something i saw a few years ago but have never been able to find since.

a newspaper ran a front page with columns in the shape of the world trade centre. the second page was blank but the third had the same text 'heaped' at the base of the page, vaguely resembling the shape of the centre's shell.

i thought it was the financial times - as it was on pink newsprint - but looking through the archive of front pages it doesn't seem to be one of theirs. from what i remember i thought it was on or around the first anniversary. does anyone ever recall seeing this?)

Greg J. Smith

If front pages are your thing, check newseums today's front pages feature - http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/default.asp

Joe Moran

Can't click on any of the thumbnails. Please fix.

I think that's the same in American as "English."

Ha! Or, Corr Blimey!



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