How much is too much?

Posted by Kylie Rush

The twin towers during the 9/11 attack.

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?

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7 responses to “How much is too much?

  1. I think that if the given coverage is in good taste, there can never be too much.

  2. I find that the coverage that resonates most with me is coverage that doesn’t merely relive the day but analyzes the longer-term impact. And also coverage that tells the story of individuals. This Washington Post story about a fighter pilot who was ordered to bring down Flight 93 (the one that crashed in the Pennsylvania field) left me breathless. Her plane wasn’t armed, so she would have had to fly her own plane into the passenger jet — a kamikaze mission.

  3. Personally, I find it overwhelming. Every year for the past decade we have seen stories, and read follow-up interviews with family, survivors, etc. This year’s coverage began in August. Although I understand 9/11 impacted every citizen in some way, continually reading stories with the same premise is not only bothersome, it is saddening.

  4. The stories are so moving, and I don’t think there can be “too much” 9/11 coverage, especially now. I’m sure it affects everyone differently, but it’s a reminder of what we have to be thankful for and, I feel, instills both pride and grief in Americans. It’s cliche by now, but the topic is something we should (and will) never forget, as poignant as it is.

  5. I think the ten year anniversary of anything is important, especially a case such as this. I see where you are coming from in terms of the fact that we don’t want to re-open a wound that affected so many of Americans ten years ago, but at the same time the coverage is a comfort to many. We are supposed to be a united country, and while I agree that sometimes it can be slightly annoying to see our Twitter feeds clogged up with similar stories about the 9/11 tragedy, in the long run it can be a good way to remind those who had everything taken from them that day that their fellow Americans are supporting them still, even after all this time.

  6. Looking back on the week since the ten-year anniversary, I think it’s especially interesting how coverage was pinpointed to September 11th, and didn’t really continue into the following days. Most of the articles reminded me of “10 Years in Review” pieces, and they were released/focused on last Sunday itself – the conversation didn’t seem to continue further.

  7. Going off of your comment, Olivia, I also feel that most of the coverage that I ran into didn’t focus on the future and how 9/11 made a difference. There were a few articles I read about the progression of society because of the attacks, but not many focused on where we would go from here.

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