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2012-09-10 06:02:18 AM  
I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.
 
2012-09-10 06:26:02 AM  

Confabulat: I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.


Same here, although I was a lurker at that time.

But, no FB or Twatter? Oh my, those really were the Dark Ages.
 
2012-09-10 06:31:30 AM  
www.johncell.net

Miss me?
 
2012-09-10 06:31:56 AM  
Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.
 
2012-09-10 06:32:38 AM  
There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

If we had only kept our focus and never stepped foot in Iraq, we might have restored ourselves. But now we are only the latest world power to succumb to paranoia and fear and withering support from our international allies. We're done.
 
2012-09-10 06:32:47 AM  

Confabulat: I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.


I had DSL. It is fun, though, to remember how relatively civil Fark was then.
 
2012-09-10 06:34:45 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


I think we have to wait for the wars to catch up and the site to be completely up and running. Otherwise 9/11 is still kind of relevant.
 
2012-09-10 06:36:49 AM  
 
2012-09-10 06:38:48 AM  

Confabulat: I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.


Same here. Every other site pretty much crashed, while Fark had a few good backdoor links to up-to-the-minute news.
 
2012-09-10 06:43:12 AM  
There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.


Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.
 
2012-09-10 06:44:44 AM  
I remember seeing the aftermath on TV. Senseless tragedy.
 
2012-09-10 06:49:33 AM  
That was about the worst slideshow ever. Way too many ads.
 
2012-09-10 06:51:43 AM  

juvandy: There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.


I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.
 
2012-09-10 06:57:01 AM  
What online news looked like: uncluttered, no annoying flash ads, no stupid slideshows interspersed with popover ads, no tons of sluggish Javascript...

Yeah things have certainly improved.
 
2012-09-10 06:57:51 AM  
That was the day I started lurking on Fark. Most of the news sites were crashing under the loads, fark was up and running, though.

I was at work, or probably would have turned on the TV.
 
2012-09-10 06:59:12 AM  

BigLuca: juvandy: There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.

I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.


Rock & roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.
 
2012-09-10 07:00:12 AM  

BigLuca: juvandy: There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.

I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.


1. Kill a couple thousand people.
2. bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life.
3. Profit (for the few).
 
2012-09-10 07:00:13 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


Perhaps you weren't listening when they said "NEVER FORGET".
 
2012-09-10 07:00:17 AM  

CluelessMoron: What online news looked like: uncluttered, no annoying flash ads, no stupid slideshows interspersed with popover ads, no tons of sluggish Javascript...

Yeah things have certainly improved.


This.

I was interrupted twice while clicking my way through their lumbering slideshow. bah!
 
2012-09-10 07:02:00 AM  
There was no Twitter or Facebook, but there was LiveJournal.
 
2012-09-10 07:02:13 AM  
Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.
 
2012-09-10 07:06:55 AM  
I was in fark and listening Howard Stern. I think that's all I needed
 
2012-09-10 07:09:49 AM  
http://deslide.clusterfake.net/?o=html_table&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.networ kworld.com%2Fslideshows%2F2011%2F090611-buzzblog-sept11.html%3Fts3
 
2012-09-10 07:10:23 AM  
That is the day i discovered Fark.
 
2012-09-10 07:11:35 AM  
That was the fifth day of my sophomore year of high school. Officially, school went on as normal, but lots of kids didn't show up and none of the teachers even tried to do lessons; they pulled out all of the old TVs on carts and we watched the news all day. There was an assembly at some point, but I can't remember any of what the principal said. It was a surreal and terrifying day.
 
2012-09-10 07:15:35 AM  

FreakyBunny: That was about the worst slideshow ever. Way too many ads.


I had a cable modem then, I have one now. It was actually faster then, since I didn't have all the ads. Sites don't crash as much now, the ads do. The GM at the place I worked lost everything playing margins and went to live off grid in a little trailer out in the desert. I worked with a couple guys from Enron that wondered when they would be paid.

This should have the fail tag. Comparing online news and facebook now with what it was like 2001 with no facebook and ad free news, is like asking someone in 1932 to reminisce about how bad it was in 1921. What a downer. Hey, looking forward to the election and QE3/QE4 though.
 
2012-09-10 07:17:15 AM  
So here we go with the anniversary coverage in real time, as it happened.

/It was the day my country began to manifest its batshiat insanity outwardly.
 
2012-09-10 07:17:24 AM  
I remember the first I heard of it, was a dorm mate accusing me of having planned it.
 
2012-09-10 07:18:09 AM  
It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.
 
2012-09-10 07:19:04 AM  

BigLuca: juvandy: There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.

I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.


He didn't make us do anything we weren't already planning.
The seeds of the credit crunch were already sewn, Saddam was still taking pot luck shots at our fighters, the political stage was soured after the 2000 election (but you could say that was in progress from the mid 90's) and the FBI/CIA/ATF/ETC had been wanting to make a massive power grab ever since the fallout of Waco and Oklahoma.

What Osama did was send us for a trot in Afghanistan which, all told, wasn't much of a distraction.
The nation building thing isn't exactly new to us.

The US has been in a tailspin ever since we gave up on Space exploration, Cheap energy, and the social changes happening between the sixties and eighties. With only the next big financial screw over to look forward to, the rides got to hit bottom sooner or later.

Osama could take as much credit for it as Carlos the Jackal, but in the end its all of our own doing.
Everyone's stopped dreaming and we are now only focused on how best to milk the system.
 
2012-09-10 07:21:39 AM  
Osama won.

That's all.
 
2012-09-10 07:22:31 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.


Well, as some wisecrack once said:

"9/11 was a test of moral strength -- which America failed."
 
2012-09-10 07:23:46 AM  
I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.
 
2012-09-10 07:23:58 AM  
Started donating to the ACLU that day. Wish I could say it helped...
 
2012-09-10 07:34:06 AM  
Everyone woke up to the threat of Muslim and the need to wipe that out to ensure peace. Everyone who isn't in the Democrat party anyway.
 
2012-09-10 07:35:03 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


Remember this?

/It's been 17 years and they still talk about it...
//Someone needs to up the ante A LOT before 9/11 is dwarfed/
 
2012-09-10 07:35:27 AM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: AverageAmericanGuy: Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Well, as some wisecrack once said:

"9/11 was a test of moral strength -- which America failed."


America failed that strength with the election of 2000.

Iraq would have happened even without 9/11, and it probably would have followed nearly the same
script.
 
2012-09-10 07:36:31 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


Love it or leave you...you commie bastard.
 
2012-09-10 07:41:59 AM  

enry: I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.


So, you could definitely see the airport on 9/11?
 
2012-09-10 07:53:34 AM  
I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB
 
2012-09-10 07:53:39 AM  
The fact that there was no Facebook or Twitter or any smartphones back then has actually occurred to me several times.

The clips on YouTube of those terrified calls from the Twin Towers on 9/11 to 9-1-1 remain one of the most frightening and upsetting things I've ever heard. I don't know if I would have a heart for someone live-Tweeting the entire thing from the 102nd floor only to have it abruptly end.

/RIP
 
2012-09-10 07:55:30 AM  

Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB


Here I am wearing the same pants.
 
2012-09-10 07:57:27 AM  
I spent the day flipping between Fark and the Straight Dope message board. There were several Dopers whose lives and safety were in question. It was harrowing to read.

My husband spent his first day working the runways at BWI parking planes all day. It was a hell of an introduction to working at the airport. He said it looked like a used car lot.
 
2012-09-10 08:00:39 AM  
Yay, let's complain about new technology. Yay.

I for one am shocked that internet coverage was different in 2001 than it is in 2012. Shocked and upset.
 
2012-09-10 08:02:06 AM  

enry: I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.


Hey man, I could SEE Logan airport from my office. I still have nightmares. Mostly of you meanies on Fark that made fun of me.

OK, it wasn't me
 
2012-09-10 08:02:56 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

Perhaps you weren't listening when they said "NEVER FORGET".


NEVAR!
 
2012-09-10 08:05:47 AM  
Ah yes, that was the last time I had a good job, and only recently discovered Fark at the time because a friend of mine said Christopher Walken was going to be on SNL, again, -he heard about it on Fark. I said, what is Fark?

Seriously though, we have never had a bigger need for useless, constant news since then. And the scroll, hate the scroll.
 
2012-09-10 08:06:17 AM  
I was on Fark that day.

Was Friendster around yet by that point?
 
2012-09-10 08:07:24 AM  

Deep Contact: Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.


Look at the CNN page. McCain was beating the drumbeat for war even before the towers even collapsed..
 
2012-09-10 08:07:24 AM  
I was right here... I lurked fark a little but 9/11 is what really hooked me. The link is bullshiat, all i was seeing of online news on 9/11 were error codes and server time outs. Fark was the only reliable place to get up to the minute news.

Ive been coming here way too damn long.
 
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