By Stuart Allan
The occasions of September eleven proceed to resonate in strong, but occasionally unforeseen methods. for plenty of newshounds, the problem has decisively recast their experience of the realm round them. prevalent notions of what it capability to be a journalist, how most sensible to perform journalism, and what the general public can kind of anticipate of reporters within the identify of democracy, were shaken to their foundations. Journalism After September eleven examines how the aggravating assaults of that day proceed to rework the character of journalism, relatively within the usa and Britain.
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Stuart Allan, in his chapter “Reweaving the Internet: online news of September 11,” identiﬁes several pressing issues concerning online reporting of that day’s tragic events. In the course of assessing the form and content of the news coverage, he considers conﬂicting perceptions regarding its relative advantages and limitations, especially when compared with television news. Above dispute was the fact that extraordinarily difﬁcult demands were placed on online journalists, not least because news sites were overwhelmed by Web user trafﬁc to the point that many sites ceased to operate effectively.
We got our butts kicked,” they would say in their vernacular way. Part of the reason, they said, is that the BBC had never left some of the countries the Americans were being dropped into. Just as the US government “pulled out of” various places around the world where there was deep misery but no American interest or will to act, so it could be said that network television in the United States pulled out of whole regions of the world where there was “deep news” going on but no audience interest or network act of will.
These high points in the tradition of independent, adversarial journalism were also the moment that tradition began to unravel. The consequences of such an undoing were more or less hidden from view until the Cold War waned and the forces building up behind that master narrative became apparent. A new journalism—trivial, self-absorbed, contemptuous of citizens—dominated the press between 1988, the most monumentally smarmy and irrelevant political campaign in modern history, and September 11. Carey cautions that whatever optimism one might hold for the press in the aftermath of September 11 must be conditioned by the damage done to democratic political institutions during the 15-year vacation journalists took from politics, rationality, and the public sphere.