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Stop the Presses!

by Neena Louise

In the time since the horrifying atrocities in New York and Washington, television has once again disappointed me with its coverage. Over and over and over again we are shown the World Trade Center collapse and people flee in terror from the ensuing clouds of dust and debris. Again and again and again. Rather than finding myself becoming immune to the images (which is my usual reaction to repeated, exploitive depictions of horror), I find myself becoming more and more disturbed and begging please stop.

We don't need to see this again and again. Everyone has seen it. Everyone knows what happened. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. Ever. We don't need to see it again and again in order not to forget. It's been burned into our collective consciousness forever. Repeating the shocking footage not only upsets us and prevents us from getting on with our lives, it gives the murderous, cowardly terrorists satisfaction - "Lookit what we done! They can't stop showing it on every single one of their television channels! We really did it to them this time! Aren't we great?!!". Just the thought makes me want to vomit (really).

We have to move on. I'm not saying we shouldn't continue to grieve for the thousands that lost their lives, nor stop including the survivors and the victims' families in our thoughts, but we HAVE to move on and get to the task at hand: PAYBACK. Giving that sniveling little turd bin Laden and his fanatic followers all this attention is only giving them exactly what they want. Doesn't anyone besides me see this?

They tried to ruin us. We just won't stand for it. The only way to show them that, while they hurt us, they didn't come close to breaking us (and have made us much stronger) is to stop giving them all this attention. They're like spoiled little snot-nosed brats who prefer negative attention to no attention at all. We absolutely must stop giving it to them.

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