What Now?: Politics, the Economy and Your Life
Four months after the September 11 attacks, Americans are still disoriented, wrestling with grief, anxiety and confusion about what comes next. We need to process all that's happened, tell our stories, and think out loud about who we are, as individuals and as a nation, in a changed cultural and political climate.
When the Web Lab staff resumed work in the days immediately after 9/11, we struggled, as have so many, with the need to take action, and to help in a way that mattered. The resulting project was What Now? (formerly A World Transformed), a dialogue on MSNBC.com, about the religious, cultural, security and global policy questions facing Americans and the global community as a result of September 11. To read the dialogues, click here!
The Internet has been a focal point during this crisis as a vital outlet for grief and a key source of information. Web Lab wants to go beyond that and offer people a way to explore, deeply and safely, the rush of opinions, feelings and concerns we've all faced since September's attacks and to think together about who we are, as individuals and as a nation, in a changed cultural and political climate.
In her controversial New Yorker article from September 24, Susan Sontag wrote that the "politics of democracy entails disagreement and promotes candor." SGD is designed and built to make candor more comfortable, and to make disagreement more safe. "In many ways," said Marc Weiss at the start of the dialogues," this technique was made for a moment like this."