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FridayQ: News

Today the FridayQ is all about news – interesting because my general state of busy-ness this week has meant that I’m well behind on my Bloglines feeds. Anyway, here goes…

A news story from your past that had a big influence on your life is…

It’s a cliche, but I’d say September 11th. I tuned into BBC news 24 not long after the second plane hit. When the third plane hit the Pentagon I started to wonder if I was about to witness the beginning of another world war; thankfully that didn’t materialise.

A news story that you wish would go away so you never have to hear about it again is…

9/11 again. It was a major news event in its time but you still hear references to it even now. Can’t we just get over it?

A news story that you feel deserves much more attention than it has been getting lately is…

European software patents legislation. Most would regard it as a boring subject but it has the potential to affect anyone who owns a computer should it be made law and enforced. The Guardian had a bit about it in the Business section yesterday but it’s largely been ignored by the media.

FQ REPORTER: Look into the future and create a headline for an interesting news story that hasn’t happened yet…

“Ann Widdecombe in beauty makeover shocker!”

4 Comments

  1. I was on holiday, in a hotel room when the first plane hit and was flicking through all the American news channels. It was insane. Watched for about an hour until I went town to tell my sunbathing family!

  2. I was at school, waiting for the bus to arrive so everyone could go home. One of the teachers came in and told everyone what had happened.

  3. “A news story that you wish would go away so you never have to hear about it again is…
    9/11 again. It was a major news event in its time but you still hear references to it even now. Can’t we just get over it?”
    Sorry Neil, me again! Erm no we can’t really get over it. 9/11 was a pivotal moment in world events. Given the fact that it gave the US government some sense of legitimacy to launch a massive assault on another country (Afghanistan) and then for some in the US government, the loose excuse for an invasion of Iraq, added to the fact that British servicemen and women have fought, fight and die in both of these ongoing conflicts then no we can’t.
    Oh and the fact that since 9/11, the level of Islamophobia across Europe has risen dramatically and still affects people both Muslim and non-Muslim alike today (as we have all seen from the far right political literature), plus the fact that the need for security in a post-9/11 world is one of the factors behind the ID card debate, then we can’t forget it or put it behind us.
    And on one final note…
    Over 3000 people from scores of nationalities died on that day in the most horrendous way possible. We should actually never forget or put the events of that day behind us, it was a day where the whole world, whatever your nationality, religion, ethnicity, political views all were for a brief time united by what humanity does at it’s worst.

  4. Thanks Gav, you make some excellent points, as usual 🙂