Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths
Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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6.1 The media spectacle of 9/11

The attack on the World Trade Centre on 11 September provided a set of powerful and dramatic images that, as a result of modern telecommunications, were able to be rapidly transmitted around the globe – images that in the immediate aftermath were exhaustively repeated, analysed and pored over by horrified and fascinated media audiences. Indeed it was perhaps the striking and shocking visual spectacle of the attack that made it so amenable to constant replay and expert analysis. Thus, as well as being a catastrophic act of terror, we can say that 9/11 was also a shared media experience.

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