Remanufacturing ourselves in the face of trauma: A media ecology perspective on post-9/11 culture
Nearly a decade after 9/11, producers continue to create post-9/11 media. In this study, I analyze how American citizens made sense of 9/11 through their consumption of and interaction with media. I identify conventions of form in three specific media: television, internet, and film. Approaching the study armed with Marshall McLuhan's notorious concept of "the medium is the message," I build my study on the notion that "the medium is the method." This media ecology approach allows me to draw from examples of each medium to identify interactions between media and society. The results of this study show that conventions of various media form overlap, and they adapt in the face of traumatic national events. These results imply that although each medium is unique, television, internet and film work together to convey 9/11 to American society, ultimately stimulating media convergence.
0708: Mass communications