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Hill, Michael R. 2001. “Risk, Trust, and Technology in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.” (Special Issue: Sociologists Reflect on the Events of September 11, edited by Carla B. Howery). Footnotes (American Sociological Association) 29 (September/October): 12.


Copyright 2001 Michael R. Hill


The fatal facts of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, are now well known to us, and they will undoubtedly form an indelible chapter in the national history of the United States .... During the past few days, each of us has tried to understand this heinous event, to come to grips with it emotionally, and each of us has responded in understandably human ways: with disbelief, despair, and great sadness. Collectively, we empathize with grieving families personally unknown to us, we offer prayers for our nation's leaders, and we watch with hope and admiration as the rescue and recovery teams continue their awful work. Many among us, understandably, have also given voice to fear, helplessness, and uncertainty, on the one hand, and to outrage, anger, and vengeful resolution, on the other. Directly or indirectly, the treachery of September 11 th touches all of us.