Posted by Kylie Rush
No doubt you, like me, have been bombarded with 9/11 coverage today, but how much is too much?
I understand that it’s important and even necessary to remember what happened a mere ten years ago, but could wallowing in sadness be bad for our psyche?
All the coverage today could be really beneficial in that it kind of embodies a “group therapy” feeling and some experts feel that us banding together will help us to foster a sense of empowerment and strength. Because it was such a traumatic event for many American citizens, the non-stop coverage will make it nearly impossible not to find someone with whom to talk about our feelings and remember those who have been lost.
On the other hand, an article by the USA Today, it might be too much. Virtually any website, social media or otherwise, will have some form of remembrance emblazoned on the screen, be it in the form of news articles or a photo. It will be nearly impossible to escape. Is it too much to have to face the memory at every turn? Will we feel like we have to be sad all day in order to properly remember?
They’re tough questions to answer. Of course, it will always be good to remember that day and to teach the youth of today and the future about it just like they teach about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but, as stated in the aformentioned USA Today article, “life won’t stop for the memory of it.”
What do you think? Is the coverage too much? Do you think that it is more likely to be beneficial? How do you think figure out how much is too much with big events like this?