The tactical has always been richly textured with the voices of individuals, particularly the individual's participation in and subjective responses to public events. September 11th has only served to emphasize the fact that the telecommunications umbrella has made public events into part of the very texture of our INDIVIDUAL lives. "Public events are not merely markers in our private lives but they are also what form our lives, both private and public." 1 From this perspective, the NYU initiative's potential for creating a space for responses to 9-11 under the rubric of the tactical seems very much in keeping with the richest usage of the term and a hopeful pointer for its potential for development.

1 Hobsbawm, E. 1996. Age of Extremes: A History of the World 1914-1991. NY: Vintage Books, Page 4.

— David Garcia , April 2002


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