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ugh x2

dan gross on slate just referred to what happened in london as the 7/7 attacks. i hate mass media so so much, even the ones i read.

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radiocity
Jul. 7th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
well, if you stick around long enough, you'll see every month getting one. it's just marketing, is all.
misterpardonme
Jul. 7th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
out of curiousity, what's your objection to identifying them that way?
ttam
Jul. 7th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
you didn't ask *me* but

For me it's that the less ... gung-ho? pro-U.S.? White? a country is, the less likely it is to get a special "date attack" reference.

I never hear about the attacks in Spain referred to as anything other than "The Madrid Train Bombings"
delascabezas
Jul. 8th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
i'm more or less with ttam on this
it becomes a method of media marketing. it is mind numbing the way that the dates get abbrviated then pounded into your head again and again by journalists, newscasters, and (of course) mass-marketed goods. 9/11 has the complication that both the WTC and Pentagon were hit, but I don't think anyone would not understand what was being spoken about if someone called it "the us terrorist bombings" the same way it is "the madrid bombing" etc. etc.

in short, i fucking hate branding.
misterpardonme
Jul. 8th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: i'm more or less with ttam on this
that's fair enough. Pat Kiernan, the morning host on NY1, talked about this today- he feels that stamping attacks with a nickname and referring to them that way is too cute and trivializes it. Also, it is interesting that you have the bali bombing and the madrid bombing, but in the uS and London it's 9/11 and 7/7.

although referring to the incident as 'nine-eleven' doesn't rankle me all that badly, i do detest it when people call it 'nine-one-one'.
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