Archive for March, 2010

Press Frames Public’s Security in 9 11 Attack

The events of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center were tragic to say the least.  For weeks after the incident, news coverage in the press and media spread across the globe covering the supposed terrorist attacks in New York.   Hundreds of people in different countries, and cities were experiencing the terrorist attack differently.  What was even more frightening than the attack it self, was the paranoia of what was to come, and the fear that news outlets across the world portrayed with a common consensus: the idea rooting from the natural human desire for security. Read more

The Two Sides of Objectivity

On September 11, 2001, numerous attacks against the United States were performed by radical Muslims. In the aftermath of the attacks, how did the news media cover these monumental events? There are two main attitudes that reports could be focused towards, objectively reporting the events of that day, or allowing the reporter’s feelings to influence their story. From the time when both World Trade Center towers collapsed through the following week many news outlets’ reports were focused on being objective accounts of the events and facts that were known. Both domestic and foreign services brought the news to the masses in this style. While the media was being objective with the reporting, there was a distinctive issue being created: how is the story being framed? Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.