The Attack Of The United States

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September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever live in every American’s mind. The terrorist attack that took nearly 3,000 lives was highly publicized, many channels played live footage of New York City as the Twin Towers were attacked. Watching the violence firsthand caused people across the nation to become incredibly invested in what had occurred. Americans felt violated; The notion of safety and freedom at home was wrenched away the moment that American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. Unsettled and confused people across America utilized the new resources offered to them through the rising digital age, and consumed every bit of information shared on the attacks in an attempt to make sense of such a seemingly senseless act of violence. Internet usage skyrocketed in the week following the attack, numbers rose from 6 million visitors to news sites a day to 11.7 million (Glass, 2008). Many television channels offered “‘wall to wall’ coverage” for 90 hours during and after the attacks (Denton, 2004). Media outlets served as the most direct form of information for most Americans following the attack, and as such they garnered much control over how the situation was interpreted by their audience. This lead to many networks attempting to be more careful about how they presented the news, worrying about everything from the implications of wearing “flag pins and ribbons” during broadcasts to the terminology used to refer to the attackers (Denton, 2004). While they
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