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Dizzying Intellect » Renaming the Unnamed

Renaming the Unnamed

For the record, I never liked that “Freedom Tower” name choice. It’s smarmy and pointless, just like that lame “Freedom Fries” campaign.

You can’t just slap a word like “Freedom” on something and expect it to stick. That land, and that memory, they already have a name, and “Freedom” isn’t it. That place is the World Trade Center — it retained that identity even when we were all calling it Ground Zero, and that’s what it should always be called.

We’re all perfectly aware that it symbolizes freedom, among other things — bravery, sacrifice, strength — and the monsters who wish they could take our freedom from us; they know it, too. There’s no reason to be maudlin and redundant about it. Call it what it is. Changing the name is too much like forgetting history, and that’s one event that we don’t ever need to risk repeating.

2 Comments

  • By radix, March 30, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    We’re reliving so many other bad ideas from the past, why not this one too? The renaming thing came home to me about 5 years ago. I was driving my grandmother back to her apartment from a family outing. I was driving through utterly unfamiliar streets through the center of Pittsburgh heading east. She was giving directions and read off one street name that was German-sounding, then corrected herself and said Liberty Avenue. And so it was marked.

  • By Nathan, March 31, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    “World Trade Center” says more about freedom than “Freedom Tower” ever could.

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