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“Kalen’s example is something of an outlier in the ‘copycat Twitter bomb threat’ genre. While his tweet barely (cleverly?) avoids making an explicit threat, plenty of other teens (including a Miley Cyrus fangirl) made much more blatant threats. Kalen’s tweet dances right on the line between clever snark and bad taste. It reveals, in short, a view of terrorism that likely comes from having no firsthand experience with terrorism itself. But a lack of experience shouldn’t be confused with naiveté: Kalen has a deeply nuanced perspective on the issue. ‘If we can’t move past 9/11 after 13 years,’ he tells me, ‘then I feel like America is going to have problems.’

“When we talked, Kalen wasn’t dismissive of the threat that terrorism poses, and he showed a careful consideration of the issue that seemingly contradicts the glibness of his tweet. ‘I think terrorism is a terrible thing. It’s depressing that something like that exists. But I also think it’s moronic to dwell on things that happened in the past. We’re taught out entire lives to let things go, and I think to prosper at all we need to let that go. But we don’t need to forget. We should still be cautionary because that’s only smart.'”

Read the rest at Salon. “9/11 isn’t the same for them: Why the next generation’s view of the national security state will be radically different


 

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