An opinion piece from The Independent (UK) This is still a war that has few clear enemies and still fewer clear aims:
But if America's war aims have narrowed, they are not very much clearer than they were when Mr Bush first declared his war on terrorism. This lack of clarity will have to be remedied if Mr Bush does not want to see the tiny fissures that are emerging in his grand coalition widening into more dangerous splits.
Tomorrow I'll be at Seybold talking about Managing Your Content from 9:00-10:30 AM. If you're at the conference, please stop by and say hi, even if you already know how to manage your content.
And for something off-topic for a change, from the "creative juices run dry department": you can "twin" a blog over at the The Blog Twinning Project by matching one weblog with another based on the similarities between them. At least that's how I understand it. But for some reason I'm getting twinned to Jason, and we all know our weblogs aren't very similar in style. I fear that people are twinning us for some other reason. And speaking of silly twinning reasons, earlier today I was second most twinned with Meg of Notsosoft. Huh, is that because her name is Meg too? People people people!
Happy birthday Mr. Crankypants, you numbers dork you!
If you want to go one place for nearly everything you need to know about September 11th, check out MediaMap's September 11th Journalists' Resources. Sadly, there are no weblogs on the list. But aside from that, it's excellent. So. Much. Information.
There's some important stuff over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in response the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed "Anti-Terrorism Act" (ATA) which I encourage you to check out.
We fully support legitimate government efforts to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice. Yet as a watchdog for civil liberties, we are skeptical of claims that the only way we can increase our security is by giving up our freedoms…none of the legislative changes that have been proposed so far is temporary — these are broad ranging, permanent reductions in civil liberties and privacy of all Americans. History has shown that such laws, passed in haste during a time of crisis, linger and cause difficulties long after the crisis has passed.
Unlike some other folks, I've decided I don't like referring to the events of September 11, 2001 as the Current Situation. It sounds too clinical to me. It's as if we're unable to acknowledge the horror of what happened by referring to it in such a detached manner. And situation? I'm not optimistic enough to believe this is only a situation or a temporary state. I've found myself, in both words and thoughts, referring to it as That Day. As in, "it hasn't been sunny since That Day." Or, "We haven't been downtown since That Day." But it would be hypocritical of me to pass off something as vague as That Day after dismissing Current Situation.
When I was younger and I learned about Kristallnacht in school, I had a hard time understanding just how horrible it was. The name sounded so beautiful to me, "Night of Broken Glass." I pictured tiny shards of shimmery glass everywhere, filling the streets like diamonds, piles of glass twinkling in the moonlight. Only later did I fully understand what transpired during that night, only when I was older did I understand there was nothing magical about Kristallnacht.
Like that night in Germany, something terrible has happened and I wish I had the words to refer to it properly. I wish I had a name for this Current Situation, I wish I had some other way to relate to that moment in time when everything flipped upside-down, to That Day when everything changed.
Dave Winer has changed his Seybold keynote (taking place tomorrow) into a panel to discuss How Publishers and Their Production Teams Fared in Covering the Tragedies in New York and Washington. You can attend for free by printing out a pass here. Should be some interesting discussion, I'm looking forward to it.
I get a lot of junk mail, but yesterday's was nearly the best ever. Música CLÁSICA para toda ocasión arrived at my door. A free CD of "Classical music for all occassions" and an offer to receive a welcome packet with over a $45.00 value! And in Spanish too! What I want to know is how did they find out I speak Spanish? And who told them I like classical music at all occasions?