In the very early hours of September 11th, 2001, the topics on the wwwac list included the Limelight Dance Club, Compuserve and 21-inch monitors. List traffic was typically light and perfectly normal.
Until 8:48 AM. Our world was suddenly changed, shattered, and Marty McKeever's post entitled "Holy Smoke!" began the discussion of how we were all impacted by the events of that morning.
The WWWAC community was profoundly affected by the events of 9/11, and at a time when many sources of information and communication had gone dark and were inaccessible, the WWWAC list came through as a vital link for information, news, and even some measure of comfort. From finding out what was happening, if friends and coworkers were OK, to learning where to go to donate, to finding out how to get out of (or even into) the city.
Yet it was also a place where people expressed their strong opinions and even stronger shock and horror and dismay... and pain. From complacency to shock, disbelief, confusion, sadness, searching, sharing, anger, perspective, support, reflection, trying to make sense of it and, perhaps, acceptance. Our entire community was transformed by the tragedy, and this transformation was played out in the discussions on the list.
For many, the WWWAC list was an important link to events, one another and the community. For some, it was the only link. For all, it was a haven where we could rally together in the face of devastation.
The archives of those days represent not only a memorial to the tragedy, but also a tribute to our community. Making the messages of those first days available to the community for reflection on the anniversary of that dreadful day seems only fitting. We have assembled all the messages on the World Wide Web Artists' Consortium mailing list from September 11th through the 13th, from 0:00 on 9/11/02, to 23:59:59 on 9/13.
It's a powerful and affecting read.
The Board of Directors,
World Wide Web Artists' Consortium