September 11th Alternative News Links
“War watch of George W. Bush after the terrorism of September 11, 2001” … those were the words I wrote describing the page you find below (I’m now making this page live again, on April 2, 2010). I was right about the war(s). Too bad, I guess.
Strange reactions to horrible events
Reflecting on that day in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I was a graduate student in communication, it was strange. I taught a class that began at 9:30 that morning. It was the beginning of the semester and I was just getting to know my students. The class was Media and Culture, which broadly means we covered the politics and history of our media system.
Other than the 2 or 3 students that came in late, the class ran until 10:45 without incident. As I was gathering my materials and wheeling a TV/VCR out of the room, students from the next class filed in and asked me to put the news on.
“Why? There’s no cable in this room.”
“There’s a big explosion in New York City. Planes flew into the World Trade Center. It’s all over the news.”
And so it was. [9/11 timeline from Wikipedia]
My next class, on Thursday, September 13th, we talked about the terrorism events in the context of how the media was responding, and how we were experiencing the media. One of the first questions I asked my students was how they learned about the events in NYC (given that most of it took place during class).
Because I had office hours an hour before class began, I was out of the news loop from 8 until class ended at 10:45, but some of my students might have seen the beginning of the events before coming to class for 9:30. And sure enough, my late students had all been watching the news before coming to class. They knew what was happening, but never said a word anybody in the class.
In my personal experience, that was one of the strangest things to happen that day.
There may be some broken links below; the additional commentary may be helpful in understanding why I included the links.
Alternative News Sites
The Defense Contractors
Life During War Time
Osama bin Laden