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Guide to Websites - web logs and 9/11

"BOMBED! 8:00 in the morning. Unknown attacker so far! Pearl Harbor in flames!" a seventeen-year-old Hawaiian High School Senior wrote in her diary on December 7, 1941. Although thousands of Americans kept diaries in 1941, few of them survive today. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to preserve for future historians (as well as interested readers today) the twentieth-first century equivalent of diaries: weblogs. (What is a weblog?)

We have selected thirty weblogs from The September 11 Digital Archive's collection of over 2000 weblogs as a way to highlight the immediacy and diversity of "blog" views on September 11. Each is a unique slice of web life at a moment when millions of separate mental worlds converged on a single, unsettling event. Please contact us if you would like to submit a weblog.

Note: these weblogs were made immediately after 9/11/2001. Some have broken links to external sites and files that no longer exist. See our policy on fair use for the terms under which they are reproduced here.

Mad Girl's Last Dance
Amber, did they just say that they grounded all air traffic in this country?....

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Tryst
I know I'm supposed to feel safer because both the East and West Coasts are now being protected by heavily armored ships, but if anything, I feel even more nervous.

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Vain, Selfish, and Lazy
I stopped in my tracks when i saw the smoke plume which was headed towards jersey now.

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Scatter Brained
Have you guys seen what happened with the planes at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in NYC? Oh God....

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Underachiever
I'm watching the results on tv. I just watched the North tower of the World Trade center collapse. This brings me to tears....

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After the Rain
The phone lines are jammed, but fortunately, the Internet is alive, and my bro and friends are online to speak of the horror....

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Ninjabunny - Firefighter
The most painful images to me were the abandoned emergency vehicles....

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Rainy Net
When we came home, we made a memorial out on our fence with the bows we had made, the roses, and we hung the flag beside it....

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Confucius007
i am still numb...you know, it's not even my own country that got attacked, but I am still numb from Tuesday's events.

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Pessimictidness
Everything is closed, all the sites on the internet are down....

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Dragon and Dog
If you could create a huge archive of all the blogger archives, you could cut it open like a tree and count the rings, discovering that there was a national tragedy on September 11, 2001....

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Disenchanted
Still alone and longing for home more than ever in my life. I'm so shocked I can not even cry....

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Fourth Try
this means hearing story after story of the family and friends of friends who just missed it, who were lucky. and this means knowing people who are still missing....

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Learning the Lessons of Nixon
The two World Trade Towers in New York are gone....

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FapFap
You see an image of an airplane, gnat-sized against the backdrop of New York City, as it careens into the WTC and sets off a fireball, and your mind shuts down....

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In the Closet Boy
I was watching Live with Regis and Kelly this morning when I found out about the World Trade Center disaster....

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Train of Thought
I just want to hide, escape....

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Mindless Babble
I admit to not being a religious person but i hope we all said a prayer for everybody that suffered....

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Ex Machina
i feel something that i've never felt before. something akin to sadness mixed with shock...

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HowShiaoma
My head bows down in a moment of silence.....

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Handbasket Emporium
I'm at Mari and Stanley's watching all of this on tv and wondering how much more I can watch before I'm seriously sick....

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Guanyao
there's no World Trade Center anymore....

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Loveliness
I can't remember a time when I've felt quite like this....

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JDTalley
There are many things that made me angry today....

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Anticipate
thousands of questions seem to be assaulting me at once. will there be more attacks?....

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Exhalations
The skies are eerily quite here in Northern Virginia....

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Hedi's Web Page
I'm sick with sadness and fear....

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Thursday's Muse
The first tower had collapsed....

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33HZ
I want to be in NY doing something, anything. I'm still waiting to hear from family that work in the area....

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