Framing and the September 11th Attacks

Framing and the September 11th Attacks

On September 11th, 2001, American suffered an attack on a unprecedented scale.   Hijackers flew planes into two World Trade Center buildings, and into the Pentagon. Another plane crashed due to struggles over control while in the air.  By the end, almost 3000 people had lost their lives in the incident1.   The news spread quickly – less than two minutes after the first plane impacts, the attack was reported on television2, and by the next day, news media throughout the world had coverage of the event. Read more

The Irish Times and Domestic Coverage of September 11: A Comparative Analysis

In the wake of the events of September 11, news organizations worldwide immediately began covering one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in the past decade. Coverage of the attacks was far-reaching and diverse. Domestic news organizations framed the events in such a way that articulated the necessary unification of a nation amidst a crisis. “When citizens are threatened by actual terrorists or the fear of future attacks, calls to consolidate around a national identity are quite common” (Barnett and Reynolds 117). Although domestic media outlets were quick to extend support and offer solace to American viewers, Read more

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9/11 Coverage and Norwegian Newspapers

Covering terrorism at the beginning of the 21st century is one of the greatest challenges media around the world are facing. Already “accustomed” to covering great natural disasters or wars, the media needed new skills to cover terrorism acts such as 9/11 attacks that changed the image of today’s world and influenced lives of their audience. And the development of this new set of knowledge was happening under the large pressure from the same audience mainly because of the fact which former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher formulated in the definition that “the publicity is the oxygen for terrorism”[1]. 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.