College Of Arts and Sciences | Terror, Telecom, and 9/11/01
S104 | 0122 | Terry, H.
Did Osama bin Laden also topple ABC=s AWho Wants to be a Millionaire?
@ Did coverage of the WTC attacks turn teen-pilot Charles Bishop
into a Acopy cat terrorist@ who crashed a small plane into a Tampa
skyscraper? Should CNN=s Aaron Brown thank Al Qaeda for his
stardom? These are examples of the types of issues we=ll explore in
this seminar focusing on communications-related aspects of 9-11-01
and its aftermath. The course pursues four themes. (1) How did the
electronic media (radio, TV, the Internet, etc.) cover these
tragedies and why did they do it as they did? (2) How have
terrorists used the media? Could law enforcement have prevented
these tragedies if it had better intercepted e-mail and cell phones?
Did terrorists use the Internet to recruit, organize or learn about
U.S. weaknesses and how to exploit them? (3) How have these events
affected the electronic media? What happened to broadcast and cell-
phone technologies in New York City when the towers fell? How have
these events changed other media content? What has this cost --
directly and in terms of lost advertising?. (4) In a communications
sense at least -- how have these events affected the public? Were
people traumatized? Have free speech, free press and academic
freedom suffered? Is the Internet helping people grieve? When
this class is over you will certainly understand these events
better. But you should also see how important communication is even
in events that initially appear to be about something else.