Ten years after 9/11, New Yorkers use social media and crowdfunding platforms to fulfill independent projects to commemorate the September 11 attacks.
Ten years ago, when the Twin Towers collapsed, there was no Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or iPhone. The general public had not heard of social media or crowdsourcing and funding platforms like Kickstarter and Pepsi’s Refresh Everything did not exist.
Taking advantage of these recent social media developments, two Brooklynites use Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding platform, to launch their commemorative projects for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Thanks to sufficient funding through Kickstarter, photojournalist René Clement will be giving away copies of his single-press newspaper, Scar Tissue, on September 11 in lower Manhattan. The publication will cover the protest against plans to erect a mosque at Ground Zero; the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden; and the general feeling of New Yorkers as the 10th anniversary comes near. On why Clement wanted to create this limited edition publication, he said:
Even now, almost ten years later, if I see a plane disappearing behind a tall building, I still hold my breath… . Although I didn’t lose family or friends, on that day I lost part of my innocence—my belief that this world could exist in peace.
Another project, called 110 Stories by lawyer and musician, Brian August, would be a free mobile app that leads users to a vantage point where the Twin Towers would have stood. Holding up their iPhone to the skyline, users would then see an outline of the iconic buildings. The interactive feature of the app is the ability to take a photo, make a comment and have it tagged to the user’s current location. But the project, also being funded through Kickstarter, is still waiting to collect the full amount required to create the app.
People interested in the project but not in the vicinity of the Twin Towers are able to log on and read the shared comments on a website. August also hopes that the second phase of this project will include planting benches in spots throughout the city where the view of the Twin Towers had a great impact.
For those of us who are lifelong New Yorkers, its easy to tick off iconic views of the Twin Towers. … These lost views conjure vivid memories in much the same way as hearing a favorite song from the past. ‘Seeing’ the towers come to life through your iPhone will transport you back in time.
Another project, seen on Pepsi’s Refresh Everything program is still waiting to gather the votes needed to launch it. Rise: A World Story, is a film by Giant Films NYC that takes a look at the people and the stories behind the rebuilding of Ground Zero. In the trailer, one construction worker said:
We’re putting the two front teeth back in New York, is what we’re doing.
Watch the trailer below: