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September 12, 2009

The Horror, 2009

A must read. Alexia Tsotsis, on L.A. Weekly’s Art Blog weighs in on how the events of September 11 would have been channeled through the culture had the attacks occurred in 2009. It is reminiscent of the remarks from Watching the World Change in which former Paris Match editor Alain Genestar notes that had the assault been waged today we would have had people inside the towers taking real-time cell-phone photographs and uploading them onto their computers for all to see.

As Kurtz says in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, echoing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: “The horror, the horror.”

As Tsotsis notes, "For the most part we spent 9-11 watching CNN. The Web in '09 is more about doing rather than watching. Twitter asks, 'What are you doing RIGHT NOW?'"

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