I, for one, am positively ecstatic that my parent's satellite connection was down when I was visiting them the week of last September 11th. I didn't have to -see- all the crap on TV, playing the crash again and again, just for the shock value. CNN had the nation in the palm of their hand.
I don't have cable. I don't watch TV. I don't get a newspaper. What I learn about the world comes from the internet sites I choose to read, and the 15 minutes of KCBS I listen to while driving to and from the train station for my daily commute. Even then, I think I might be turning off the radio in disgust at the trivialization and schmaltziness of the whole damn thing tomorrow.
You know, I'm in the vast minority- if I tell people I don't have cable, I don't watch TV, more often than not they look at me like I'm some kind of freak. That's how much sway the media holds in America- almost everyone goes home at night, sits on their sofa, and has their opinions spoon-fed to them by whatever channel they watch.
If you really want to remember the titanic events that happened almost a year ago, then turn off the TV, pray to whatever deity you believe in (or just quietly reflect, if you're an atheist), and don't even bother to give the media giants the satisfaction of reaching their target audience. "Friends" can wait till Thursday, they're all in repeats anyway.
Maybe you'll actually enjoy it enough to stop watching TV once and for all, and stop giving in to what other people want you to think. Lord knows the programming's gone to hell anyway since they cancelled Cheers