Infuriating and Horrifying 9/11 Tweets from American Teens (UPDATED)

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(Turns out the above tweeter is not an American. We regret the error.)

Everyone in the United States remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. Those of us who were of age to understand the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. sat horrified in front of radios and television screens, wondering what would happen next. Was this a part of a bigger effort? Would your city be next?

Last year on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, our own Jeff Balke looked at how different that day would have been with the social media tools we have today. Twitter would have no doubt imploded under the weight of the harried tweets. It's possible we would have been reading messages from people trapped inside the towers until the very horrific end.

Simple things like YouTube, Instagram and cellphone cameras would have documented the disaster in an unprecedented way. But in a way, I'm glad that these things didn't exist. The events of the day were covered in the best way that media and citizen journalists could. In 2012, everyone is a news outlet.

Lest we forget that there was a generation coming behind us that weren't old enough to meet the situation head on. For some children, the events of 9/11 are just YouTube clips, stories from family members, lame Facebook posts, fodder for pop songs and, sadly, just another day on the calendar.

An annoyance even.

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Those cognizant and aware of the enormity of 9/11 and its implications for the modern world can't shake the feeling that we had that Tuesday 11 years ago. So when we read things from kids who have no frame of reference or compassion for those events, it's easy to become infuriated.

Maybe it was just how I was raised, but I cannot imagine feeling indifference or disdain for those remembering or mourning the tragedy of 9/11. I grew up reading about things like the Kennedy Assassination, Pearl Harbor and D-Day and memorized the days, etched the events into my brain.

Whenever I replay 9/11 footage on YouTube, I still get knots in my stomach. The documentaries enthrall me.

Just a few months back, I wrote a blog about kids today thinking that the sinking of the Titanic was "just a movie" and not a very real thing that took the lives of a thousand and more.

For some of America's youth, 9/11 is just a joke. The sense of apathy is stunning, and should serve as a reminder that some people live in massive cocoons of shocking ignorance. I'm sure there is more to see, but my heart couldn't take it.

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navigator20008
navigator20008

"Should remember...not for the dead." Hey Jordan, what the Hell?

JordanTheLawyer
JordanTheLawyer

Although my reasons are different, these kids are right. I sat and watched with rapt attention as the second plane flew into the tower, and as the towers collapsed. There is no question that it was terrible--the worst and most disturbing thing I've ever seen. But the longer we dwell on the events of one day more than a decade ago, the more freedom we willingly cede to our 'leaders.' Hello, TSA, "Homeland" Security, warrantless eavesdropping, and indefinite detentions of citizens. Yep, we should remember 9/11, but not for the dead: it should serve as a reminder of what happens to a country that allows itself to wallow in self pity and fear, waiting for someone to make them "safe." I'll raise my glass to a bunch of snot-nosed kids who get it, even though they have no idea that they get it. -JordanTheLawyer

joshechols
joshechols

Are these the same kids that ROFL at dead baby jokes and punch each other in the genitals?  While this lack of empathy and logic may shock rational people, we are not talking about rational people..we are talking about teenagers who have been granted access to technology they can't even afford on their own.  Kids distance themselves from harsh realities all the time, whether its laughing at inappropriate things or dismissing them altogether..it's easier to a still developing brain(we're not talking about grown people here, even if they think they are) to dismiss and move on.  Just like an infant soils his pants, they don't know any better..and just like a 7 year old gets ashamed if you mention how they used to soil their pants, these teens will grow up and have to look at themselves in the mirror knowing the whole world knows of, and is judging them by, their ignorance.

deviate_distort
deviate_distort

@Jason_Inc .... That is awful! Their parents failed them! USA Today and Kris Jenner just helped substantiate their actions. Truly sad.

TZSsntm
TZSsntm

@Jason_Inc @Sellysellsell that is fucking insane.

KinKade
KinKade

Did one of these kids happen to also come up with the worst headline for an opinion piece on ZZTop in the history of mankind as well?

 

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Let's see... Inappropriate 9/11 Tweet ... Check!

Slag on Adored aging rockers from a town not known for music.... Check!

 

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alsteinfeld
alsteinfeld

@EstherFreedman why? They're just punk kids who probably don't know any better. Trolling them wont help.

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty dude I'm not American, I find this offensive. Also, how can a non existent god bless America?

Rory Ashton
Rory Ashton

Empathy seems lost on some of this self righteous generation.

Robyn Twangeaux
Robyn Twangeaux

that line of thought that 'they are just teenagers' is BS. I have a 14yo. She remembers nothing of that day when she was 3yo. She is an empathetic and sympathetic individual. She asked her fellow 9th graders yesterday if they knew what today was and more than half of that class had no clue what the day was and didn't care once she told them. It's a shame that parents no longer feel these are traits they should make sure their children have.

Robyn Twangeaux
Robyn Twangeaux

that line of thought that 'they are just teenagers' is BS. I have a 14yo. She remembers nothing of that day when she was 3yo. She is an empathetic and sympathetic individual. She asked her fellow 9th graders yesterday if they knew what today was and more than half of that class had no clue what the day was and didn't care once she told them. It's a shame that parents no longer feel these are traits they should make sure their children have.

Winch
Winch

I dunno - these kids kind of have a point.  9/11 sucked, hard, but it's not good to lose our collective minds over it and turn it into a mindless patriotic flagfest.  Cops can still be power-tripping assholes, firefighters can still be coked-up examples of uber-machismo, soldiers can still be mindlessly obedient violence machines.   There is nothing about 9/11 that automatically means you can't be an idiot on Twitter.

EstherFreedman
EstherFreedman

@alsteinfeld you're totes right. ps, think Doug & i might do a ny trip this fall. prepare yoself.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar I can fix it. Thanks for contacting me. As for the religious issue, that's another story.

Usafret
Usafret

 @Winch

 Hey winch, if you try extremely hard, you may be able to be a bit more wrong

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty just makes the person look like an idiot

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty that it has a major effect on your day when really you're on the other side of the sea and really couldn't care less

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty in attempt to feel valued by peers on Twitter, through retweets and favourites. Yes 9/11 was terrible, however pretending

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty look as If they are caring and sympathetic when really, it's just another day for them, they're just jumping a band wagon

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty 9/11 wasn't a terrible thing, the point I was making was that teenagers are using it as an excuse to try to make themselves

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty also, surely fake sympathy from those who really don't care about major incidents is worse then none at all? I'm not saying

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar No worries. Not all Texans are totally insane. I am just a tad though. Get some sleep! Great talk!

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty has been far more interesting and enjoyable then I expected so thanks for your time and though

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty Well I'm glad I managed to rectify the misunderstanding here, its gone midnight here, so I should get to sleep. Gotta say this

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty the kind of hypocrisy that the average UK teenager reads everyday, it kinda makes me understand where the stupidity originates

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar In the US, kids get their news from misspelled Facebook updates and tweets from rappers. :(

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty disguised as news. This is an average UK teenagers news source. But yes I agree with you!

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty You may know that in the UK we have a paper known as the Daily mail, which is basically gossip, hysteria and celebrity

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar Totally agreed. Some of us must be chosen to be the history keepers then. :)

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty entered higher education and that really shocked me!

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty general knowledge just weren't learnt by those who didn't spend their free time on it, and I only figured that out once I

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty learnt by others. I had/have the interest to read the news etc, and I find it so weird that the things I thought were

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty wow. I just find it so hard to believe that the historic events/social changes that fascinated me as kid were just not

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar Some kids thought Neil Armstrong was Lance Armstrong's father.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar A sick thing I do is after a big name dies I search Twitter for "Who is _______". Results are astounding.

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty today to actually be sympathetic/knowledgeable etc then it is to appear it.

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty oh wow, that is so stupid. I had somebody at my college the other day ask my tutor WHO Auschwitz was. It's less important to

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar It reminded me of what I had seen today. Also indicative of our society on this side of the world. Short attention spans.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar When the movie was reissued, kids thought it was not based history. The disconnect between reality and history is scary.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar Did you see my link about the Titanic in the post? Sorta touches on what we are talking about.

TheStelzerSoFar
TheStelzerSoFar

@CraigHlavaty so no, I was not making a point on 9/11, my point was aimed at the ridiculous culture of my generation in my country

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@TheStelzerSoFar I see that point completely. I do think though that we are seeing the situation from two sides of the world, which is good.

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