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How did the events of September 11, 2001 come to be thought of as 9/11? The Shock of the News is an authoritative account of post-9/11 political and social processes, offering an in-depth analysis of the media coverage of this momentous event. Brian Monahan demonstrates how 9/11 has been transformed into a morality tale centered on patriotism, victimization, and heroes. Int How did the events of September 11, 2001 come to be thought of as 9/11? The Shock of the News is an authoritative account of post-9/11 political and social processes, offering an in-depth analysis of the media coverage of this momentous event. Brian Monahan demonstrates how 9/11 has been transformed into a morality tale centered on patriotism, victimization, and heroes. Introducing the idea of "public drama" as a way of making sense of how media processed and packaged the 9/11 attacks for their audiences, Monahan not only illuminates how and why the coverage took shape as it did, but also provides us with new insights into the social, cultural, and political consequences of the attacks and their aftermath. Monahan explains how and why 9/11 became such a potent symbol, exploring how meanings and symbols get created, reinforced, and disseminated in modern society. Ultimately, Monahan offers an important new understanding of this singular event of our time, and his compelling narrative brings the momentous events back into focus.


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How did the events of September 11, 2001 come to be thought of as 9/11? The Shock of the News is an authoritative account of post-9/11 political and social processes, offering an in-depth analysis of the media coverage of this momentous event. Brian Monahan demonstrates how 9/11 has been transformed into a morality tale centered on patriotism, victimization, and heroes. Int How did the events of September 11, 2001 come to be thought of as 9/11? The Shock of the News is an authoritative account of post-9/11 political and social processes, offering an in-depth analysis of the media coverage of this momentous event. Brian Monahan demonstrates how 9/11 has been transformed into a morality tale centered on patriotism, victimization, and heroes. Introducing the idea of "public drama" as a way of making sense of how media processed and packaged the 9/11 attacks for their audiences, Monahan not only illuminates how and why the coverage took shape as it did, but also provides us with new insights into the social, cultural, and political consequences of the attacks and their aftermath. Monahan explains how and why 9/11 became such a potent symbol, exploring how meanings and symbols get created, reinforced, and disseminated in modern society. Ultimately, Monahan offers an important new understanding of this singular event of our time, and his compelling narrative brings the momentous events back into focus.

23 review for The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petty Lisbon

    I didn't expect to like this book so much but it was a quick read and informative. It didn't get too jingoist or conspiracy theory and I liked that they talked about the tragedy in the format of a public drama. I liked the chapters for emotional manipulation and status after 9/11. I'd like to see a chapter on people outside of the tri state area reacting to the events, or what kinds of problematic displays of patriotism there were (such as the author mentioning how one flag producing factory sai I didn't expect to like this book so much but it was a quick read and informative. It didn't get too jingoist or conspiracy theory and I liked that they talked about the tragedy in the format of a public drama. I liked the chapters for emotional manipulation and status after 9/11. I'd like to see a chapter on people outside of the tri state area reacting to the events, or what kinds of problematic displays of patriotism there were (such as the author mentioning how one flag producing factory said their products sold way more after 9/11) or other kinds of "you're either with us or against us" attitudes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    It was ok, didn't really provide much more information that I didn't already know about the way that the media frames events. It was ok, didn't really provide much more information that I didn't already know about the way that the media frames events.

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