Slate has a new blog by Virginia Heffernan. She will follow the TV coverage of the 9/11 anniversary. Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Of all the responses that Americans have had to Sept. 11, it seems safe to say that the least worrisome is the one that TV programmers are calling Viewer Dread. According to reports in media journals, sufferers of Viewer Dread aren’t grief stricken, afraid, or angry. They aren’t thinking about death or war at all. Instead, they are preoccupied with the grave question of what the TV networks plan to do about next Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, and the days leading up to it. Will the ratings-ravenous executives create too many star-spangled graphics to mark the anniversary of the attacks on America? Will they play ‘Amazing Grace’? Will the programs be sophistic, fraudulent, stupid?”
I’m glad someone is doing this. I readily admit I don’t have the stomach for it. I have pledged to boycott TV coverage (with the single exception of the Bush address). Intellectual consistency requires that I do not criticize what I do not see. So, check out what Heffernan has to say.