[How much is too much? Snapshot of USAT anniversary page, above]
Newspapers, television networks, magazines and others planning special coverage of Sept. 11's 10th anniversary have weighed issues like how much American audiences can stomach, and how much such a solemn occasion should be viewed as a business opportunity, The New York Times says in a story today.
"There’s no precedent for something like this,” New York magazine Publisher Lawrence Burstein told the NYT.
the 10th anniversary issue. But to his surprise, he found advertiser demand was strong, with the magazine experiencing a 46% increase in the number of ad pages in the Sept. 5-12 double issue, compared with the Sept. 13 issue last year.
How much anniversary news coverage is too much? And, USA Today asks in a story, is it harmful to our psyches to wallow in sadness?
"There's no doubt the anniversary is going to stimulate memories and anxieties," says Sharon Brennan, a psychologist in New York City. "Some people will probably embed themselves in the media and it will be almost like an addiction reliving this. Others will take a more a dosed approach."
Reflecting 1950s U.S.
As the nation prepares for the anniversary, Gannett's Army Times says, a look at how Americans marked the same milestone for Pearl Harbor shows that the way people commemorate events sometimes says more about their own times than a bygone era.
Related: history of Army Times and Gannett Government Media division.
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