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Media texts that have changed the world?

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Media texts that have changed the world? 9/11 11th September 2001, a day to remember for all nations of the world, for grief or happiness depending on your relationship with the USA. Four American civilian aeroplanes were hijacked by terrorists and were crashed into the twin towers of the world trade centre, the Pentagon and one was crashed in Pennsylvania (en route to Camp David). The world watched through the eyes of the news crews filming the first tower of the world trade centre after it had been hit as the second plane struck the other tower. It was the first time that the media had ever seen such an event happen and had broadcast it live to the world. Throughout the days afterwards the media were the key to informing the public of the ever-changing political situation and who was suspected of the attack. Newspapers produced commemorative editions and some of the most thought provoking photographs in history were displayed on their pages. The progression of the media in power and motivation are greatly reflected by the ways incidents like the 9/11 tragedy conveyed on television. It is the media that has the authority to change what is important and what is not. ...read more.

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Palestinians active in the media perceive Americans as a strong ally of Israel and that they help to fight Palestine, so there is no surprise in why they were overjoyed when they heard the tragic news. People of different ethnicities will have similar reactions depending on their relationships with America. However, the shocking scenes of people dieing in such a manner the camera presented will devastate anyone, even without them realising. However, the patriots of America tend to be mostly White Americans and they are the ones who respond to these events aggressively through protests, etc. Men and women have fairly equal responses to events like the 9/11. But, we can argue that men are less emotional than women and it is easier for them to forget one thing and get on with their daily basis. This is mostly seen through tragedies like death. It is the men who overcome the sad news first and try to calm the women. Different age groups have an effect on the reactions towards the 9/11 incident. For instance, the event wouldn't have the same impact on a teenager as it would on an elderly person. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Hitler killed 6 million Jews and 2 million others, including disabled people, gay people, political activists, scientists and intellectuals, no one suspected any other Germans to do the same thing, after all Hitler performed the "devil's work". So there is no reason why Middle Eastern men should be suspected for a killing of only 6,000 or so people. However, there can be arguments that modernization of the world means life is very precious and everyone has the right to live. Media approves this because every time a person is murdered, the media, often through news informs the audience and even requests them to help catch the murderer. As the incident became more widespread, the shocking scenario was made into special documentaries like Panorama. The documentaries were edited with depressing voices of the people, who were involved in the incident, including the firemen. Heartbreaking music was also used as part of the editing process, all to the one reason of wanting to change the mass audiences' attitudes towards the event. This may have been the source to change George W Bush's (president) views on the Middle East. Whether it was true or not, the president responded to the attack by going to war with Afghanistan. The media supported all the way through by showing updates and live coverage on the war. ...read more.

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