In my writing class, the most recent readings were on narrative. One of the recommendations for creating a compelling narrative was to make it about people. So read Best of the Web today, and scroll down to "The Boston Globe's 'Freedom Fighters'". This is the story of a father and daughter who were killed in one of the recent suicide bombings in Israel. When I read such a story, I get sick. In fact, I read it several hours ago, and it is still bugging me now; that's why I'm typing this. I've read other stuff along these lines, and you can find the same sort of stuff for the palestinians. The problem is, the Israelis don't go around aiming for the kids and civilians; they're aiming for the murderers.
Jeff Jarvis has some interesting criticism for PBS along these lines regarding the 9/11 documentary. Oddly, he also criticizes them for keeping the footage of people jumping IN the documentary. Another interesting article is at Esquire, of all places (can't remember where I got the link right now, sorry), about the most famous picture of a jumper, and the search to figure out who he was.
I'm sorry, I can't forget. I watched very little of the footage that
day, and none later, but the memory has seared itself into my
conscience. It wasn't some vague, anti-globalization movement that took
those buildings down, it was ... well, others have said it better than
me. And I'm sorry, but
I'm not going to get
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