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What is Terrorism?

            After the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers in 2001, terrorism became a common term in the lexicon of both the American media and society as a whole. Since that time, news outlets, along with people, are more careful about the usage of terrorism. Read more

Teaching Tolerance and Maintaining Purity

The ambition of Greg Mortenson to educate the children of northern Pakistan is a formidable task. An additional benefit that he realized after building numerous schools is that they provide an opportunity for the impoverished to receive a balanced education. This is important considering the extremist education being taught at the Wahhabi madrassas to teenage boys. 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.