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September 11th changed the lives of many Americans, irrevocably. The horrendous attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon altered the way American’s viewed their positions within the world, not to mention their lives and their safety. The attacks brought terrorism to the forefront of national attention, in every aspect. The government became immediately immersed in an effort to understand and defeat terrorism, and simultaneously, the media, with its perverse fascination with violence and profit-driven espousal to round-the-clock, up-to-the-minute coverage, demonstrated an obsession with the attacks, by broadcasting almost nothing but the latest developments in the search and rescue efforts and investigations surrounding the them. Meanwhile, the public, having been inculcated via the media with a sense of danger and immediate threat to their lives and well-being, continued to watch and wait, intently. Still in shock from the realization that the U.S. was vulnerable to such infiltration and aggression, American society began to transform itself into a culture of…
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