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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
I just watched an hour of footage that I could've done without.

I'm compelled to ask the question of when does one draw the line with the media? The footage in question was footage from in the WTC when the firefighters were trying to evacuate people and possibly save the tower from disaster.
And some of the things....well, it just shouldn't have been seen. Like the firefighters finding their chaplain, Fr. Judge and discovering that he's dead and carrying out his body.

I dunno....it just seems wrong that such....intimate (for lack of a better word) footage is shown. I mean, where does one draw the line? Some things are better left unseen.

But like the entry below, that's just my opinion. It does give insight what it was like for the firefighters....but is it supposed to be seen, that sorta thing?

Current Mood: numb numb
Current Music: Adagio for Strings- Samuel Barber/CNN coverage from NY

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From: threeoranges Date: September 11th, 2002 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh dear

I hope there was plenty of advance warning about the upsetting nature of such footage before they broadcast it. (I haven't seen it yet, but I have a feeling that similar footage will be shown tonight on BBC1.)

But if the firefighters agreed to let it be shown then I think it should be shown - the world needs to understand exactly what they went through, and what better way than a camera lens? On that day I watched live footage from the moment of the second plane's impact all the way to the collapse of the second tower: it was utterly horrific to watch it unfold despite one's most desperate mental pleading for the buildings to stay up, for the people in the lower floors to get out or at least to be found alive beneath the rubble. In addition my dad knew people working in the Pentagon and was worried for days that they might have been killed (thankfully, no, they weren't working on that side).

Because of all this I feel unable to distance myself enough to make a judgement on whether America "deserved" such an attack. All I know is, the people who were affected didn't deserve it, and footage like that which you describe needs to be shown for that reason.
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From: threeoranges Date: September 11th, 2002 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good point

...About the falling towers losing their shock value if given too much exposure. Very true.

Have just seen the footage Normandie described, and it *is* shocking to see Fr. Judge alive in the lobby and then, only a little later, his body lying against the rubble. Very shocking. But for them to give a filmed record of what it was like on that day and yet NOT include any footage of the dead would be wrong, IMHO. This didn't cross any boundaries of taste for me, it was immensely sad but not gratuitous.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2002 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


I think it's important to see that kind of thing. I know it helped me to understand what the firemen went through better. And, when you consider it, Fr Judge's body being carried to the church was a mild shot compared to some of the sights the people there saw. I distinctly remember one of the firemen on the film saying that he was standing on the roof of a building and it was "raining bodies". The camera-man said that he was standing next to two people who were on fire, but refused to film it. We didn't see any of the bodies pulled from the towers. They had at least that much respect.

And besides. It's kind of like 'lest we forget' and all that. By filming what happened, they made sure that we'll never forget what happened, that we'll never forget that human beings can be capable of such acts against each other.

But that's just what I reckon.

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