Discussion about 9/11 with Greek penpal, Markela

I was curious about how people in foreign countries perceived 9/11 and Markela and I had an interesting discussion about 9/11, during which I found out a lot about viewpoints other than those of Americans. Read more

Pen Pal Conversation: Women and Terrorism

After hearing about “Jihad Jane” and the increasing mentions in the media about women terrorists I thought it presented a very interesting social and moral issue. There’s something about the status of women in society that makes it seem to be a different issue. For me it was more troubling and difficult to comprehend the rationale behind women terrorists. I’m not sure what biases lie behind my feelings so I asked my penpal, Chinwei Wong, what he thought and below is our exchange. Hopefully others can provide more input because I still can’t resolve what quite differentiates a male terrorist from a female terrorist. Read more

“Terrorism” in my words

Terrorism. In short, there is no definition. To say that there is a definition of terrorism would be to say that there is agreement on what “Terrorism” is. And from everything I’ve read, learned, and discussed this semester, that kind of conclusion just can’t be reached. That is because terrorism is an ever-evolving organism. I could add a reference page and quote authors, historians, and professors all with insights over what aspects make up terrorism, but to do that would be putting it in their

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The Heart of Terror

My definition of terrorism has morphed over the past couple of weeks. I came into the class with the perception that terrorism is what happened on September 11, 2001. Al Qaida performs terrorism. They are reckless and use bombs, explosions, and weapons of mass destruction. Read more

My Definition of Terrorism

To me, terrorism is the use of violent actions to provoke fear or terror in a population for the purpose of spreading a message. Read more

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday Movie Reflection

The movie “Bloody Sunday” was a ‘mockumentary’ (fiction-documentary) film depicting the events of January 30, 1972. In the film, British Paramilitary troops attack civilians participating in a march for civil rights in the Northern Ireland town of Londonderry. The film was written and directed by a Paul Greengrass. “John Kelly, whose brother was shot and killed in the incident, said he (Mr. Greengrass) consulted many families who were present there on that day. The families trusted the film makers to ‘tell the truth.’ We already know the truth. Our people’s right to life was taken by the British military.” Mr. Kelly also added that he “believed they will portray the film as it should be portrayed. Paul Greengrass and Mark Redhead (the producer) are people of integrity” (BBC News). This leads to discussing how Mr. Greengrass was able to re-create the events of Bloody Sunday and certain film techniques he used to give the film its documentary feel. Read more

Using Artistic License to Create Pathos

Film maker Paul Greengrass took a different approach to the retelling of the events of January 30, 1972 than a traditional documentary.  Greengrass realized that since his film would be broadcast to a television audience that already knew the events of Bloody Sunday, that he would need to present them with something more than just  a retelling.  Thus, he decided to take a more human perspective for the movie.  Read more

‘Bloody Sunday’ and the perception of bias

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Bloody Sunday (no affiliation with U2)

Bloody Sunday is a day that every citizen of Ireland remembers.  Even here in the U.S., the front page of the New York Times read, “Ulster Catholics Protest Killings; Reprisals Vowed.” (Weinraub, 1972)  The “mockumentary” Bloody Sunday provides a unique view on the events.

Scenes of death and violence on the Bogside

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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

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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.