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September 11, 2002


Andy Ihnatko has captured my feelings perfectly.

"The TV gets turned off now and will remain off for 22 hours or so.

"I don't believe that the networks are being exploitative with their 9-11 coverage. It's simple: I think each network is just absolutely terrified of people thinking it's Not Doing Enough and is determined to do as much as everbody else, if not more. So I'm not offended.

"All the same, I don't want to be a part of this. I have found my own relationship with the events and I require no reminders. More importantly, in the past few months I've only just begun to stop associating my flag with people who want to sell me things, be they a song about putting a boot up someone's ass, a political agenda masquerading as patriotism, the beer and snack chips in the commercials that ran before and after the Super Bowl halftime show, or especially any bit of tacky plastic with an American flag silkscreened on it.

"It's taken a while, but I finally have my flag back.

"Once again, my flag means what it's meant to me ever since I was a kid: my flag is the flag that my fellow Americans abandoned - in many forms and in great quantity - on the surface of the Moon. Once again, my flag symbolizes the power of what's possible when 250,000,000 people all want the same thing...and they're lucky enough to live in a country where that actually matters."