Oh yeah – I posted to Gay Men Rule this morning also. …I knew you’d all wanna know.
Originally posted on GMR – but since it’s shut down, I reposted here.
Going with the suggested GMR meme theme of the month I didn’t have too hard of a time bringing forth a few images. Unfortunately. Perhaps it is the power of suggestion with Brad’s kick-off entry, but all of them revolved around tragedy and change.
My initial thoughts conjured up images from 9/11: the second plane headed toward the North Tower or people in mid-fall/jump. I still have massive trouble being able to view these. I had mentioned in my last September 11th blog entry that even during Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, even though the screen goes black before the plane hits the tower – still I had to look away. So, now that I’ve left you with those visual images in your head, I guess I’ll move on to mine. …and it is no less jarring.
I like reading historical event books. If I get onto a subject, I can obsess about them even: Manson, Everest, Patty Hearst. I’m just weird that way. But my first recollection of this behaviour would have to to be the JFK assassination.
I was just over 3 months old (yes, do your math!) when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Though from an early age I was fascinated about the actual event. What other sixth grader do you know who has read the entire Warren Commission Report?
There are less than 27 seconds in Zapruder’s film of the actual event. Oddly enough, the academics always view frames attempting to determine if there was a second shooter or a magic bullet by focusing on the body positions of Kennedy and Connally. What gets overlooked is in those split seconds is the realization, anguish and desperation of Jackie Kennedy and inevitably, a nation.
A number of books speculated that she was attempting to grab part of her husband’s blown-off skull, but what is fairly well documented is her panic of trying to get the fuck out of the car. The silent film doesn’t capture the aural chaos.
This day and this film has brought us a much more wary and voyeuristic nation. Conspiracy and video now rule the day. From Rodney King to Anna Nicole. From 24 hour news to YouTube.
In reality, Camelot was only wounded that day. We’ve been beating it to death ever since.
Though I probably won’t cross-post here and on Gay Men Rule, do readers want to know when I do post over there?
Maybe I’ll just post a little note here to let folks know.
btw….I posted today.
Lance and Joshua have kindly invited me to be a contributor to the existing multi-authored blog, Gay Men Rule. I was honored, so naturally I accepted.
In existence for less than a year, their readership is coming close to rivaling mine – which has been out there for almost four years. But to be fair, I only started counting visits about a year ago – so I really had no idea how many hits I may have been getting.
Though I will try to have original posts in each blog I can’t guarantee it. Some folks will cross-post and I think that is fine, but that is not my goal. I would like people to visit both sites. At some point I am hoping to have such great entries that I will want to cross-post. Clearly with 60 or so contributors to GMR, they do not think they need a post from me every day. Maybe not even every week.
As it goes – my first post there was yesterday. Stop by – take a look.