Friday, April 19, 2002

It seems a trading card manufacturer in Florida is producing trading cards titled Heroes of the World Trade Center which will feature photos and biographical information about those who died in the tragedy of 9/11- or those whose families are willing to participate, at least.

According to the S. F. Chronicle article , "Some families believe the idea is tasteless and the commercial enterprise exploits a national tragedy".

True enough, perhaps, but I wonder if this particular enterprise is any more exploitive than the commodification of the American flag that occurred immediately after the twin towers tumbled, or the opportunistic zeal with which George W. latched on to the attack as a means to increase his popularity with a dubious public and to push his own political agenda forward.

Yes, indeed, I wonder. . .

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