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Media representations of September 11
Chermak, Steven M.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 258 pages ; 24 cm.
Holy war in the media: images of jihad / John Strawson -- Between enemies and traitors: Black press coverage of September 11 and the predicaments of national 'others' / Roopali Mukherjee -- Commodifying September 11: advertising, myth, and hegemony / Christopher P. Campbell -- Rituals of trauma: how the media fabricated September 11 / Fritz Breithaupt -- 'America under attack': CNN's verbal and visual framing of September 11 / Amy Reynolds and Brooke Barnett -- Internet news representations of September 11: archival impulse in the age of information / Michelle Brown ... [et al.] -- Reporting, remembering, and reconstructing September 11, 2001 / Maggie Wykes -- Creating memories: exploring how narratives help define the memorialization of tragedy / Kelly R. Damphouse, Kristen S. Hefley, and Brent L. Smith -- Step aside, Superman ... this is a job for [Captain] America! Comic books and superheroes post September 11 / Jarret Lovell -- Of heroes and superheroes / Amy Kiste Nyberg -- Narrative reconstruction at ground zero / Randy Frances Kandel -- Agony and art: the songs of September 11 / Mark S. Hamm.
Reading Level:
1530 Lexile.
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The terrorist attacks on September 11th were unique and unprecedented in many ways, but the day will stand in our memories particularly because of our ability to watch the spectacle unfold. The blazing towers crumbling into dust, black smoke rising from the Pentagon, the unrecognizable remains of a fourth airplane in a quiet Pennsylvania field--these images, while disturbing and surreal, provide an important vehicle for interdisciplinary dialogue within media studies, showing us how horrific national disasters are depicted in various media. Each contributor to this volume offers a fresh, engaging perspective on how the media transformed the 9/11 crisis into an ideological tour de force, examining why certain readings of these events were preferred, and discussing the significance of those preferred meanings.

Yet the contributors do not limit themselves to such standard news mediums such as newspapers and television. This anthology also covers comic books, songs, advertising, Web sites, and other non-traditional media outlets. Using a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches, contributors explore such topics as the amount of time dedicated to coverage, how the attacks were presented in the United States and abroad, how conflicting viewpoints were addressed, and how various artistic outlets dealt with the tragedy. Offering a unique approach to a topic of enduring interest and importance, this volume casts a new light on considerations of that day.

Author Notes

STEVEN CHERMAK is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. He is the author of Victims in the News: Crime and the American News Media (1995) and Searching for a Demon: The Media's Construction of the Militia Movement (2002).

FRANKIE Y. BAILEY is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Albany. She is the author of Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood, 1991) and co-author of Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Crime and Justice (Praeger, 1999).

MICHELLE BROWN is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University.

Table of Contents

Frankie Y. Bailey and Steven ChermakJohn StrawsonRoopali MukherjeeChristopher P. CampbellFritz BreithauptAmy Reynolds and Brooke BarnettMichelle Brown and Leia Fuzesi and Kara Kitch and Crystal SpiveyMaggie WykesKelly R. Damphousse and Kristen S. Hefley and Brent L. SmithJarret LovellAmy Kiste NybergRandy Frances KandelMark S. Hamm
Series Forewordp. vii
Chapter 1. Introductionp. 1
Part I. Theoretical Overviewp. 15
Chapter 2. Holy War in the Media: Images of Jihadp. 17
Chapter 3. Between Enemies and Traitors: Black Press Coverage of September 11 and the Predicaments of National "Others"p. 29
Chapter 4. Commodifying September 11: Advertising, Myth, and Hegemonyp. 47
Chapter 5. Rituals of Trauma: How the Media Fabricated September 11p. 67
Part II. News Texts and Cultural Resonancep. 83
Chapter 6. "America under Attack": CNN's Verbal and Visual Framing of September 11p. 85
Chapter 7. Internet News Representations of September 11: Archival Impulse in the Age of Informationp. 103
Chapter 8. Reporting, Remembering, and Reconstructing September 11, 2001p. 117
Chapter 9. Creating Memories: Exploring How Narratives Help Define the Memorialization of Tragedyp. 135
Part III. Popular Narrativesp. 159
Chapter 10. Step Aside, Superman ... This Is a Job for [Captain] America! Comic Books and Superheroes Post September 11p. 161
Chapter 11. Of Heroes and Superheroesp. 175
Chapter 12. Narrative Reconstruction at Ground Zerop. 187
Chapter 13. Agony and Art: The Songs of September 11p. 201
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 251
About the Contributorsp. 255