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Does the US overreact?

US reactions to events try to be unbiased and focus only on the facts, but the question remains, is it successful? Read more

Munich, Bloody Munich

In its most basic sense, the docudrama is a tool of information.  It is a matter of the way in which the information is presented.  In some ways, the docudrama can be presented simply as a movie.  If the events are portrayed as such, the audience’s connection to the events grows fainter.  They lose the connection.  However, the docudrama also has the ability to create a real connection with an audience and start a discussion.  In this sense, the “…docudrama occupies a special place in the political debate simply because it addresses—and sometimes intervenes in—present realities…” (Hamilton, 2007).  In the end, the film maker has a responsibility to create a connection between the audience and the events on screen, and challenge the audience to make a difference.  Read more

A European Perspective

Earlier this month we had a visit from Rainer Hasters, the executive director of RIAS Berlin, a commission dedicated to the binational understanding of broadcasting in Germany and the United States.  Rainer came to the class to give us a perspective on coverage of news in Europe.
Rainer Hasters (right) with Ambassador William R. Timken Jr. – Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the United States of America

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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

The permiation of terrorism in the US mass media – A New Zealand Student’s reactions to terrorism in film

In talking with my penpal from  New Zealand, Yan, she talkaed about how terrorism has begun to take root in several of pieces of American mass media, specifically movies.  Her argument focused on one of the highest grossing films of all time, Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight. Read more

Coming to terms – A talk with a Greek Journalist

When talking with my Greek penpal, something very interesting came up in terms of the way that Americans view terrorism. Read more

Bridging the Gap

The book Three Cups of Tea was an especially interesting read due to the way that it presents being in a foreign land.  In many cases, people joke about learning foreign customs, like bowing to other people in Japan, and how odd it seems.  However, the lack of consideration about other cultures is often what leads to the kinds of problems that Greg Mortensen is trying to tackle in this book. 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

Terrorism: More than meets the eye

            Throughout history, there has always been the question of how to some, a person can be a terrorist, while to others he or she is a freedom fighter.  In the end, both are true.  While terrorism has gained a connotation of being negative as time has progressed, in truth, the concept of a terrorist doesn’t have to be morally evil.  Rather, the freedom fighter may well use terrorism to further his or her own ends. Read more

Correspondence with a Greek Journalist

Over the last few weeks, I have been corresponding with a Greek journalism student named Eva Manakaidu.  This correspondence has given me great insight into just how differently terrorism is viewed in countries that are not the US.  As I was talking with her about her thoughts on the September 11th attacks, she brought up an interesting point. 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.