Great events, great stories…

How should the press cover the 9/11 anniversary? One answer: Treat a great event with the respect it deserves. Here’s what William Powers thinks:

“Some news events are so enormous, so rich in authentic human significance, that it’s actually not possible to exhaust them. They include all the great wars and revolutions, some natural disasters, and a handful of other events in which good and evil seem to be vying in various guises, with the fate of huge numbers of people, even entire civilizations, hanging on the outcome. Why, after all these years, do people still snap up books and watch movies about the Civil War and the Holocaust? A first-class story always remains a first-class story, no matter how many times you come back to it. Of course, a great story doesn’t guarantee great treatment. But for every bit of Sept. 11 nonsense, for every instance of mawkish, over-the-top exploitation, there’s a countervailing case. I say bring it all on, and let the good stuff, of which there’s plenty, prevail.”

I would argue that most of the countervailing cases will be found in the print media. (via MediaMinded)