File spoon-archives/baudrillard.archive/baudrillard_2001/baudrillard.0109, message 48

Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 04:29:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Theorize *this*

Those who can, they theorize, 
Those who cant, they feel released of theorizing.
I feld so many times released, so i found that it
needs some theory.

Regards! Jivko
--- wrote:
> Frankly, I feel *released* from theorizing more than
> I'm refraining from it.  
> My sensate, concrete, and emotional life takes
> priority.  But I'll offer some 
> bits for others to theorize if they choose.
> Three weeks to the day, almost to the hour, before
> the first plane crashed 
> into the WTC, friends of mine were involved in a
> horrible car accident.  The 
> husband died.  The wife was horribly injured.  The
> accident was all over the 
> news all day, because a chemical truck was involved
> (the truck driver 
> suffered a broken leg) and a major highway was
> closed for hours. I may have 
> heard about the accident during the day in traffic
> reports, but because I 
> don't drive that stretch of road, I paid no
> attention.  The names were not 
> released until about 5pm, after next of kin were
> notified.  I found out in 
> the evening, when another friend called me.
> I went over to that friend's house and we began
> calling people in the 
> community theater that the couple were involved in,
> to make sure they knew.  
> While we did this we had the TV on for updates and
> kept a radio tuned to the 
> all-news station which was issuing updates every
> quarter-hour and said the 
> victims' names every hour.  My friend called the TV
> stations and and told 
> them how to correctly pronounce the couple's last
> name.  When the 11 o'clock 
> news came on, we taped it.  We checked every channel
> (only one got the name 
> right).  In between we kept calling people and
> talked to them.
> It was odd trying to connect the news story to our
> friends as we knew them.  
> On TV it looked like any other anonymous news story,
> and in the meantime we 
> were sobbing on telephones, calling up the hospital
> to see if the wife's 
> parents have arrived yet, and we were convinced that
> friends of the couple 
> without direct access to radio or television (many
> were camping at a music 
> festival that was being set up, and the couple was
> expected there to help) 
> did not know.
> At the hospital in the critical care unit, when we
> went to visit the wife, we 
> met the friends and relatives of other trauma
> victims, some of whom had also 
> been in news stories.  It was a way of avoiding
> going into details about the 
> patients.  "You probably heard about it in the
> news."
> I don't know whether seeing the smashed-up minivan
> in the news, and hearing 
> their names in the media helped or hindered my
> grieving.  But it was part of 
> it.  Nowhere near the biggest part of it, but it was
> significant.
> So make something of that.
> Ellen
> In a message dated 9/17/01 8:37:00 PM Eastern
> Daylight Time, 
> writes:
> << I've noticed a pronounced trend on this
> seems as if ever 
>  since the events of 9-11, some have decided that
> everything that was 
>  done before, theorizing or whatnot, was a joke, and
> that they have 
>  "woken up" to the "true reality" and we need to
> give up our 
>  theorizing.  >>

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