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Don't not be a patriot!!!!1

Dude in my office just sent to EVERYONE in the office a power point slide show. He didn't write any note to accompany it. It was called NYC.pps, so okay, fine, I knew what it was going to be about.

The first slide was some text on the background of a waving American flag, instructing me to wear red white and blue on the 11th and to take a moment of silence at noon. Now, right off the bat, fuck that. I'm not going to wear red white and blue because you fucking tell me to, that's ridiculous. I don't think it's disrespectful to NOT wear fucking red white and blue on September 11th, but now I'm pushed to think that it IS.

Okay, so fine, whatever. Next slide is of the intact WTC. Fine. THEN it starts going into the whole fucking thing! People watching the news on an outdoor LED sign! The fucking planes! The fucking explosions! People WATCHING the fucking explosions with their hands over their mouths! Are you kidding? And with NO WARNING WHATSOEVER. Sorry guys, but that's fucked up. I don't need to be hit with this shit full-screen at 10:30 in the morning. I'm sure we'll be up to our fucking EARS in this shit over the next week. Jesus. A cheesy PowerPoint tribute would have been bad enough, but what the hell is the point of showing that shit to me again? I know what it looks like. I've seen it enough, thanks. Though every time I see it, it affects me a little less. Jesus.

I can't decide if I want to say something to him or not. He's a firefighter. And I don't want him to think I'm being disrespectful, because that's not my intent. In casual passing it doesn't hit me, but when I see pictures of people running from the towers as they fell -- man, that shit still does. I'm not trying to say we shouldn't mark the day in any way; I think we should, though I'm sure it'll be done in the tackiest manner possible, in most cases. I am saying that it's fucking fucked up to not warn someone that they're about to view footage of thousands of people dying. Is all I'm saying. I ctrl-alt-deleted to get out of that shit, so I guess i don't know what happened in the end.

P.S. No internet from work so if this happens to generate comments, that's why I'm not answering. Not that I necessarily think it will, I'm just sayin'. Man, look at all the sayin' I'm doing!

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chaos4675
Sep. 6th, 2002 08:13 am (UTC)
10:44? You're at work. If you're going to break your no internet rule, why not be hardcore and break it all of the time? It's Friday, who cares about internet usage on Friday?

I'm not sure how I feel about the pps. In a way I like being surprised by horrific things. Too often I think horrific things are pushed out of mind simply because of their nature. I think certain things should be remembered and become part of you simply because they're horrific.
qed
Sep. 6th, 2002 09:22 am (UTC)
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And all this time, I thought it was JAMES that kept changing the wallpaper...
calamityjon
Sep. 6th, 2002 09:30 am (UTC)
On the way to work, we passed a bar advertising drink specials all day on the eleventh.
littlewashu
Sep. 6th, 2002 09:47 am (UTC)
10:44? You're at work. If you're going to break your no internet rule, why not be hardcore and break it all of the time? It's Friday, who cares about internet usage on Friday?

I composed in Notepad and then sent it via the client, so only a blip ontheline. As you may have noticed, I used to be on the internet all day. If I've changed my habits, it's for a good reason.

I think certain things should be remembered and become part of you simply because they're horrific.

I agree. I'm glad the images can still affect me, and I hope that they don't lose their power to do so. I still think it was inappropriate for him to send around at work without a warning.
superdaintykate
Sep. 6th, 2002 01:48 pm (UTC)
The first slide was some text on the background of a waving American flag, instructing me to wear red white and blue on the 11th and to take a moment of silence at noon. Now, right off the bat, fuck that. I'm not going to wear red white and blue because you fucking tell me to, that's ridiculous. I don't think it's disrespectful to NOT wear fucking red white and blue on September 11th, but now I'm pushed to think that it IS.

Hey, buddy, thanks for telling me how to feel and act, and for deciding for me what is an appropriate display of my patriotism, repect for the dead, and love for this here land of the free.

Man, this just reeks of "I love this country more than you do." I'd tell him I appreciate his intent, but not his choice of venue, and suggest it was inappropriate for the workplace. That sort of thing -- the visual ambush of atrocity -- could very well have sent someone home for the day, if they were dealing with PTSD, or something of that ilk.

Man, ilk.
prettykate
Sep. 9th, 2002 07:52 am (UTC)
There was this horrible slideshow being passed around that actually had a pretty close-up shot of a man who jumped out of a window falling to his death. All I could think of was that guys wife, parents or kids getting that e-mail and seeing that. It made me want to throw up.
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