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Seven years later

I woke up this morning and it wasn’t until I was in the shower that I realized it was September 11th again.

They call it “Patriot Day,” now… at least on the calendars.  On the news, they call it “the seventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.”  We don’t even have to put the year down.  Everyone remembers what year it was.

I was looking at a couple of my old posts on anniversaries past.  Last year, my dad was still in the hospital after having his ileostomy, and it was just a personally tough year.  Two years ago, I remembered where I was and what I was doing that day.  I don’t have anything past that.

Four years ago, we were on the verge of an election, much as we are now.  I hope that our country has learned enough in the four years since that we won’t make the same mistakes.

Jean Baudrillard dies at 77

Who? Renowned communication theorist Jean Baudrillard wrote about consumer culture, one of the facets of communication studies that fascinates me the most. Here’s an article (via Lucas) from the New York Times about him. A lot of his thoughts and theories went into my senior seminar at TLU on the idea of constructed “country” at Bath & Body Works… it turned out to be a paper that landed somewhere between consumer culture and semiotics.

Aaannnyway… maybe his death will bring a little attention to the rampant consumerism and branding that goes on nowadays (she said, from the promotions office).