Mourning Without Meaning
ANYONE WHO followed the cer- emonies marking the anniver- sary of September 11 would have been struck by the exceptional dig- nity of the coverage. In every medi- um-from television networks to major newspapers to newsweek- lies-there prevailed a tone of sober and respectful solemnity that for the most part refused to cloy or to pan- der. In media that have long sought to put themselves on a congenial first-name basis with their audience, and have contributed mightily to the pervasive informality of modem life, this was a welcome return to reticence.
About the Author
Michael J. Lewis, a frequent contributor, teaches at Williams College. He is the author most recently of American Art and Architecture (Thames & Hudson)