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Media Production - My September 11th 2001.

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Heather Condren Media Production Media Images September 11th 2001 I will never forget September 11th 2001 for as long as I live. I was sitting on the sofa watching TV. My mother came into the room and told me to turn on the news and there it was, an image that will be etched in my mind for the rest of my days. A plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre, New York. I listened carefully to the news reporters who speculated about why this happened, had the pilot had a heart attack, had the sun blinded them, but none of these made any sense. Then the question was answered as another plane appeared on the TV screen and amid screams of the news reporters crashed into the second tower, it became evident, this was no accident. America the most powerful nation in the world, untouchable, was under attack. My mind was awash with thoughts, who? ...read more.


The answer I now realise is no - they didn't. I was na�ve and undereducated about the Middle East and wrongly associated them all with terrorist groups such as Al Queda, I now realise this association was wrong as I as an Irish person would find it unfair if someone presumed that just because I'm Irish that I'm involved or support the IRA. I now realise that as well as lack of understanding and knowledge the media also played a large role in my views and perceptions. I particularly remember Sky One showing a video recording of civilians in the Middle East celebrating the attacks, adults and young children gathering in the streets to celebrate the death of so many Americans. It has recently come to light that this footage was in fact recorded months previous to September 11th and the celebrations had nothing to do with the attacks on the Twin Towers. ...read more.


This image automatically promotes hate against the eastern world as it paints the picture that they all support terror attacks on the West when this is quite obviously not the case. Another example is a newspaper implying that the attacks were on behalf of Islam whereas most Muslims condemned that attacks and it is only a minority whom choose to intrepid the Koran to justify their actions. I personally find that print has more affect on the public's opinion than broadcast, which I find, gives a more factual account of events. Photographs shown in newspapers an be interpreted differently by everyone i.e. a photograph of a young child holding a gun could be completely innocent, the child could just as easily be holding a toy gun but we would be led to believe that it would be real. The more shocking the headline and photographs the more newspapers that are sold, whereas a newsreader has to stay neutral to the story and give an accurate stage of events. 1 ...read more.

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