Thursday, September 22, 2011

9/11: The Aftermath

When creating the daily photo journal of the world ten years ago that became the 52-episode FotoTales video documentary, I had no idea what I would be capturing. Almost midway through, the 9/11 attacks occurred and it seemed a good idea to document the daily aftermath for the next six months, in those long-ago days before the Orwellian Department of Homeland Security was created.

Watching it again for the first time in seven years has been disturbing and amusing in about equal measure. There are so many bizarre details from those days that are easily forgotten.

What was clear from day one was that the Era of Bullydom was about to be unleashed, and that the media in conjunction with the incompetent, lunatic, and sadistic Bush administration were not to be trusted for one second. We're still living in that world and it's probably helpful to reexamine its early days.

Episode 23 of FotoTales can be watched online by clicking here. That episode starts with the Opening Gala of the San Francisco Opera, which was "Rigoletto" that year, and ends with 9/11. The stunned week after is detailed in Episode 24 which you can watch by clicking here. Episode 25 will be broadcast tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 PM on Comcast Channel 29, and can also be seen by clicking here.


janinsanfran said...

FotoTales 24 is simply magnificent. Were we really different then? The City was a little more interesting? Or we were just younger.

I love (not) meeting PhotoCop ... didn't know Sprekels story til seeing this.

Civic Center said...

Dear Jan: Thanks so much. The City is still as interesting but we were definitely younger then.