Old News #8
As millions of US citizens glimpsed at their newspaper in the early morning of September 11th, 2001, little could they know, that in a short period of time, hardly any of these news stories, commentaries, or reports would be of essential importance. A few minutes after the first plane crashed into the Nort-Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 AM local time, memory was unprecedentedly equalized into collective consciousness. In the next hours, people all over the world followed television and radio stations, constantly repeating the same images and breaking news on the catastrophe. Many websites collapsed by the demand of more information, while the former topics chosen by news editors as daily news went into oblivion. No doubt, everyone remembers when and how they initially perceived the catastrophe. The preceding hours seem deleted, absorbed by the “Zero Moment”. In Good Morning News, Old News #8, Nevin Aladag confronts the collective memory with collective blackout, by reprinting the cover of The New York Times, Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe from September 11th, 2001. These front pages transformed into insignificance by this “Zero Moment”, thematize how relationships in current coverage are missed out, due to fast pace and inaccuracy. In the article “In a Nation of Early Risers, Morning TV Is a Hot Market” from that particular morning journalist Bill Carter asks “How much morning television can one nation watch?” That morning the question and article seems absurd...