The Agonizingly Depressing Commodification of 9/11
Buzzfeed is typically not synonymous with great journalism, but this piece (via Steven Lloyd Wilson) about the experience of a guy who lost a sister in 9/11 visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum is crushing. (Buzzfeed)
Here’s a taste:
By the time I finally reach the gift shop, the indignation I’ve been counting on just isn’t there. I stare at the $39 hoodies and the rescue vests for dogs and the earrings and the scarves and the United We Stand wool blankets waiting for that rush and can’t muster so much as a sigh. The events of the day have already been exploited and sold in ways previously incomprehensible, why get mad at a commemorative T-shirt now? This tchotchke store — this building, this experience — is nothing more than the logical endpoint for our most reliably commodifiable national tragedy.
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