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Yesterday I took advantage of discounted admission to the Newseum. The museum definitely belongs to the "education=entertainment" school of thought - lots of glitzy displays, interactive exhibits, and general sensory overload.

The most interesting exhibit for me was the section on 9/11. Since I was in Morocco when it happened I never got to see the full media coverage except for end-of-year retrospectives when I was home that Christmas. The Newseum exhibit featured a piece of the mangled antenna from one of the towers, a short video and damaged equipment from the one journalist who was killed covering the attacks, and a short film on the journalists' experience on that day. It was hard to watch the film - a lot of it was raw footage - but I'm glad I did. When I left I noticed that there was a box of kleenex on one of the display cases.
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On September 1st, 2009 07:32 am (UTC), congogirl commented:
I was in Rwanda when it happened, so it has always felt a bit surreal to me. This exhibit sounds like one I would like to see.

Edited at 2009-09-01 07:33 am (UTC)
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On September 1st, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think you'd like it. Maybe on your home leave!
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On September 2nd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC), four_alarm commented:
That reminds me of the 9/11 Tribute Center I went to in NYC. They had items from the site, including an airplane window. They had boxes of kleenex everywhere. The media coverage was insane after. I don't think I'll ever get some of those images out of my head.
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On September 2nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I don't think I will either.
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