Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 17: Ground Zero, the Firemen, and the Symbolics of Touch on 9-11 and after
Ground Zero, the Firemen, and the Symbolics of Touch on 9-11 and after
On the morning of September 11, 2001, an act of war against civilians in a place at peace scrambled the categories of culture, cognition, and communication. This act killed 3000 people and injured scores more, eliminated two landmark buildings in a landmark city, and startled, stunned, scared, and confused the U.S. population and the communication system on which it depends for professional reassurance about how to think. The most skilled and prominent professional talkers, the smooth presences called the anchors of network news, were reduced to stammering and silence. This analysis focuses on New York City and the public ...