Dang. Today is a non-stop editing day. My students seem to have passed the milestone of "first touch of spring fever" that is usually followed by "holy crap, the school year is gonna end soon!"
They are handing in writing at a breakneck pace, and my red pen is flying. I am thinking in terms of high school grammar correction mode, so if I seem a bit brusque in my writing (if I get another chance today), that is probably why.
If you're interested, Michael Totten has an provocative take on the state of Adbusters magazine, the old marketing lampooner and media reality-checker. It seems to me there has been a lot of this type of polarization on the web, and I think 9/11 is indeed a watershed point in political and social consciousness for that schism.