I was glued to my television, every channel, every radio station, in every language dealt with the events unfolding in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. All the top network news anchors were on the job, which spoke to the gravity of the situation. It¹s always a sign that the news is big when you have Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and Peter Jennings in their respective anchor chairs.
Still, no matter what channel your television was tuned to the images were the same, planes slamming into buildings, mass chaos, and utter disbelief. Although it sounds cliché, the scenes unfolding on our television screens didn¹t appear real.
Then there was the analysis and commentary, anchors pontificated about how the unthinkable had happened, about how terrorism had invaded America, and about how this signaled the beginning of war. The biggest concern of course was, what was going to happen next? However it would be a while before the public would hear from the President, who was skirted away by the Secret Service and taken to one milit...
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... euphoria of patriotism. Some people of color have baulked at the prospect of glorifying a nation that continues to subordinate blacks, Latinos, and non-whites in the twenty-first century. The irony is not lost that in post affirmative action states like California, low income and traditionally underserved students while limited in their pursuit of higher education are now being heavily courted to join the military. In lieu of this fact, media literacy is fundamental. Young recruits like the general public need to understand that war is not sanitary. Much of the images we are privy to have been filtered and screened to limit war¹s true carnage. However, this war is different, thanks to technology we can see events unfolding before our eyes, the question is whether we have the skills to deconstruct what others want us to see and understand what we need to know?
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