On the Changing of Narratives

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    This is another great post.Report

  2. Avatar Kaleberg says:

    I remember the big narrative on network news the night before 9/11 was that there were a lot of sharks swimming off the Florida coast. The next day I stopped watching network news.Report

    • The night before 9/11, I remember watching some show, probably on a cable channel, about the life, times, and travails of Kelsey Grammer. Apparently, he was a misunderstood individual who had finally hit his professional stride with the popularity of FrasierReport

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      The summer of Gary Condit and Chandra Levy.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        I have a theory about what happened with them. It starts with a fact: Levy had filed the paperwork to graduate from college, not realizing that this made her ineligible for the intern program. That’s why she was leaving DC to go back home. The rest is conjecture:

        Levy goes to Condit and says “Pull some strings so I can stay in the program until the end of the school year.” Condit says no, either because he knows what “Please make an exception for my young, attractive intern” looks like, or because he’s ready for their affair to be over, or both. They have words, she leaves in a huff, and he thinks “Whew!”.

        Given their recent breakup, he doesn’t call to check that she got home OK, nor is he surprised when she doesn’t call him. So when he’s informed that she’s missing, he has no good answer for “Why weren’t you aware that she missed her flight, and why aren’t you using all of your influence to help find her?”Report

        • Avatar Jaybird says:

          That makes sense. It also explains why he couldn’t say anything about anything.

          Additionally, since we were still post-Anita Hill and post-Starr Report but pre-9/11, we had been conditioned to see this as something worth watching on the television.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    A trivial observation:: for about a year after 9/11, sportscasters stopped using military metaphors. I don’t know if someone high up said something, or they themselves finally understood that warfare and football are entirely different things, but either way they showed an uncharacteristic sensitivity and it ceased. It didn’t last, of course, and once again a group of young men throwing a ball to each other have “gone to war”.Report

    • Avatar BSK says:

      Kellen Winslow, Jr., while still in college, made some comments referring to himself as a “soldier” among other things. There was a huge outcry over it from members of the media, which was interesting, given their historical penchant for the exact same verbiage. I wonder if that was a factor at all, or if that was a symptom of the change already gone by (I don’t remember the exact timing of the comments). But, yea, there was a huge sea change for a time. It’s a good question as to whether it was something that was “ordered” or happened more spontaneously.Report

  4. Avatar Fish says:

    I remember talking about that Israeli/Palestinian/checkpoint thing with you.

    For some, the narrative seems to have become how we clearly haven’t become a police state.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      If it weren’t for the drug war, I’d think that we’d be miles away from it.

      Well, apart from living in a world where I wear my slippers to the airport to put my shoes on at the gate.Report

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Security theater is silly and intrusive, but not a major concern until the police start breaking into people’s homes at 3AM to make them take off their shoes.

    (I’m flying to New York tomorrow, and definitely wearing a pair of (loafers.)Report

  6. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Damn, I’m just getting a chance to catch up now. I was having the exact same conversation with my wife today, about how the American response to 9/11 is the exact same as the Israeli response to Palestinian attacks and how the conversation was exactly the same: (Basically, a Palestinian teenager living in his slum throws a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli tank and kills two soldiers, Israel responds by leveling a village and putting three hundred Palestinian children out on the streets. These children go on to hate Israel even more, and the cycle must necessarily continue until one side has been ended.)

    So, yeah, that’s really what we’re getting for our five wars.Report