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9/11 from Nhung Nguyen’s perspective

On the topic of 9/11, recently I and my pen pal, Nhung Nguyen from Vietnam, had a long and emotional conversation. I’m very delighted to share what her thought on the 9/11 attacks. Here is Nhung Nguyen from her words:

The World Trade Center–Before 9/11

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Terrorism and Gender – A discussion with Markela

My Greek penpal, Markela, and I discussed the recent suicide bombings in Russia and gender as it relates specifically to this act of terror and more generally to all acts of terror. I told her that I felt that gender is only made salient when females are responsible for terrorist acts and that this might be because these events defy gender norms worldwide of a caring, peaceful woman who raises children and takes care of her household, largely isolated from society. Read more

A world away

When talking with my New Zealand penpal Yan, I realized that the United States isn’t the only country that seems a world apart. Read more

Grecian View of 9/11

This is my first terrorism-related correspondence with Ilias Kiritsis from Grece:

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Does the Anonymization of Comments Result in More Radical Behavior?

One of the primary advantages that many have had about the Internet is the idea that the voices of everyone is available to many that would otherwise be silenced. Indeed, this very post falls under that same category as does all of WordPress actually. The problem is, I will argue, is that the ones most likely to comment on an news article are in fact the ones that feel the most emotion towards the issue of the article rather than the most rational. Read more

The Internet’s Effect on Perspective

My pen pal, Nathan, is a software developer that lives and works in Australia.  He is a rather upbeat and energetic person who loves computers and software development and continuously works with Americans on projects over seas.  We shared information on how we obtain our news about the world and terrorism and, for the most part, we had similar sources:  mostly online resources like the new york times online, aljazeera and the BBC or some social network services like Twitter or personal blogs.  Neither of us own a television or have newspaper / magazine subscriptions and I know I really don’t pick one up unless I have nothing better to do while eating. Read more

Vietnamese media and terrorism–Conversation with Pen Pal

During one of my recent conversation with my pen pal from Vietnam, we were talking about the media and how it portraits terrorism in Vietnam.

Here in the U.S., we have CNN, ABC, etc. all day long talking about what is going on inside the country, as well as outside of the continent. Some people don’t have cables; there is newspaper everywhere with different covers on the hottest news, including terrorism news. Generally speaking, Americans have unlimited access to news whenever and wherever. Read more

My Penpal and Conversations: George Tsopanakis

Let me introduce my penpal to the rest of the class.  George Tsopanakis is a communications student, Junior, at the American College of Greece.  He was also kind enough to send a few photos around the university a few other

Soccer Stadium outside the University


he took an interest in.  We got off to a somewhat slow start since like many students at Arizona State, but things have picked up after several weeks.  We have talked about a number of subjects including the including the terror events on September 11, 2001, how culture may affect what terrorism shows up, and local issues of both Greece and the United States. Read more

About the fairness and reality of the film Bloody Sunday…

The film Bloody Sunday graphically depicts the 1972 battle that fueled further development of the Provisional IRA. Catholics and Protestants, namely civil rights marchers and the British Paramilitary respectively, pitted against in each other in a deadly representation of the political unrest between these two groups. The Irish Catholics in the film marched to Guildhall, a British council setting, to demonstrate their political dissatisfaction. Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland have historically fought for independence from oppressive British rule, and the Provisional IRA embodies the extremity of this political opposition with religious roots. Read more

Bloody Sunday-A version of truth

Ireland is known for its rich culture and many historical landmarks. Most of Ireland’s history is marked by the struggle against invaders and civil conflicts, which were at the root of the violence in the country. But deep inside, the Irish people have an innate love for their country and for their heritage. One of the historical events that led to the hatred of the British’s presence in Northern Ireland was the Bloody Sunday march. Released in 2002, the movie Bloody Sunday drew much attention as it strived to reconstruct the event. 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.