It was surreal, the scenes unfolding on my television screen didn’t appear real, they looked too Hollywoodish, except there were no super-heroes to save the day. Then there was the reasoning and commentaries. Anchors talked about how the inconceivable had happened, how terrorism had come into America, and about how this might be the star... ... middle of paper ... ... Americans all share responsibility for the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States. Americans did not choose this fight against al Qaeda, but rather, it came to our shores. With the end of Osama bin Laden’s reign, al Qaeda is disorganized and greatly weakened, thanks to the efforts of our U.S. military and their dedication to America’s freedoms.
The attack that occurred on September 11th, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City is an event that lingers in the minds of many Americans and other people throughout the world. Most people can recall exactly where they were and whom they were with when they first heard about the airplanes crashing into the towers. It was a day that changed the way people looked at the world and brought to light the realities that even the wealthiest and most military advanced country was not safe from acts of terrorism. The dangers posed by religious extremist were being carried out on national and international news outlets live in front of millions if not billions of people worldwide. The events that occurred on this day changed the way journalism was practiced both by U.S. and foreign media outlets.
Even though Hollywood can never duplicate the brutalities of war these different films gives the audience a depiction of the war that was never seen before. Hollywood has had a history of making World War II films during the war itself from the years of 1942 to 1945. During the years of World War II Hollywood would make war films to prepare the “American audiences for what was to come, as well as to profit from the popularity of anything pertaining to the war.” Hollywood also portrayed a lot of violence on the theater screens, usually not censoring anything. “For many American civilians, these films provided prototypes of American soldiers and represented how they were expected to perform i... ... middle of paper ... ... the six servicemen who had raised the second flag (which was the only flag to be captured on film) of Iwo Jima. Even though Bradley had lived of somewhat of a normal life he was still haunted with the memoires of his fellow servicemen dying next to him.
I was late to my marketing class. Walking in, with tears streaming down my face, I was the one who told my marketing class what had happened. We turned on the television, sat, and listened. We listened as the other plane hit. A man was interviewing a woman on the radio, right near the towers.
On September 11th, 2001, millions around the world crowded around televisions across the globe and watched the horrific scenes of terrorism that had struck New York City, Washington, D.C and Pennsylvania on that ill-fated and now infamous morning. Suddenly, in a crowded room everyone felt alone. As the Twin Towers vanished before our very eyes, so did our sense of security and protection. We watched with shock and horror, disbelief and grief as the images were repeatedly flashed before our eyes. There was no escape.
Like the cold war's, the logic of this new organizing framework can be awesomely compelling to the popular imagination because it runs on fear--the public's expanding fear of potential dangers. The political commodity of fear has no practical limits. The government has the ability to manufacture more. Nor is there any obvious ceiling on what the nation must devote--in JFK's famous phrase--"to pay any price, bear any burden" in defense of liberty and homeland. Long after the Soviet Union was recognized as a failed e... ... middle of paper ... ... arose to Bush's war in Iraq is a good starting place, because citizens raised real questions that were brushed aside.
Courage Under Fire In 1991, millions of people tuned in to CNN to observe a real life and death drama played out in the cities and deserts of Iraq. For the United States, the war was more or less a display of power and a preservation of economic interest. Nobody was to ever hear of the mishaps and foul-ups of the war. In many eyes the war was seen as a chance to boost American spirit and make the government look empowered. Director Edward Zwick and writer Patrick Shane Duncan snatched onto this notion and expounded on it in their movie Courage Under Fire.
These were some of the questions I asked myself before many of the facts became known over the days, months, or even years ahead. To this day, I can remember laying back and watching the coverage of the buildings burning and massive clouds of debris dust overpowering the streets and sky. Especially, I recall the news anchor announcing that New York City was under attack, and how this day would forever change our ways of life, from that day forward. The most memorable part of all, however, had to be watching the video of the second plane hitting the last tower, which occurred minutes after the initial attack. This image, along with the empathy for the people who were in the towers at the time and their families, will definitely last a lifetime.
More unbelievable is that the attackers were able to execute their plans. After all, the third plane, though it did not hit its mark directly, managed to cause a great deal of damage to the Pentagon, the symbol of national security of the United States Soon after, reports stating that the events of 9-11 could have been prevented, if proper action been taken given the information available, began surfacing. The American public began questioning the government's usage of the intelligence gathered, particularly the vast amount of intelligence that was collected electronically. Could proper technology, like data mining, have been utilized more effectively to notify authorities of the terrorists' suspicious activities? Given the nature of data mining, would its usage be justified at the cost of personal privacy to the general public?
"You cannot wage a war without rumors, without media, without propaganda. Any military planner who plans a war, and doesn't put media, propaganda on top of his agenda, is a bad military," says Al Jazeera senior producer, Samir Khader. In wars, image assumes iconic status. The coverage of the bombing of Baghdad during the first Persian Gulf War put CNN on the media map. Today, the spread of digital technology means that an image can be distributed worldwide within seconds.