Terrorism: Web Communities Offer Support

DECISION, I would have been on flight 11 yesterday out of Boston (I
actually have a ticket on my desk for flight 11 NEXT week)… As we
debate and examine the madness we are presently living in, I would
just like to say that, to have a forum like this, to create
community that can overcome and shed light in the place of fear,
hatred, and terror is so precious. We must all continue to use our
voices to be louder than explosions, louder than the screams that
have occupied our ears the last 24 hours.’

?Tym Rourke, Caf? Utne member from Nashua, NH, who was scheduled to
take American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to LA Tuesday (posted
in Caf? Utne on Weds, September 12, 2001)

If you ever doubted that online communities can legitimately be
called ‘communities,’ the last couple of days should erase any
uncertainty. In the wake of Tuesday’s shocking terrorist attacks in
New York and Washington, millions of people around the globe have
turned to the Web to reach out to others, share their analysis,
their anger, and their anguish. Caf? Utne member Tym Rourke almost
took American Airlines flight 11 on Tuesday. Thankfully, he did
not, and is still here to talk about it.

As news spread of Tuesdays attacks, members throughout the Caf?
Utne community started new topics to track and discuss the
unfolding events. Spirit forum members have been mulling the
spiritual and religious dimensions. Currents forum members are
posting minute-by-minute news updates and analysis. And our team of
volunteer forum hosts are coordinating an effort to track the
whereabouts of Caf? users who live in Manhattan and the DC

To join these discussions in the Caf?,

More Online Communities

Two other Web communities managed by Utne Communties are hosting
extraordinary discussions on the terrorist attacks:

A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tolerance.org is
hosting discussions on talking to children about terrorism, and
avoiding an anti-Arab backlash.

  • Log onto the
    Tolerance Forums (registration
    required), then click on the Community

In addition to reading this site’s wealth of articles and opinions
on the attacks gleaned from the alternative press, AlterNet members
have been posting some of the best political analysis of the
events, and the Bush administration’s response, available

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