Shaping a memory: the mediation of 9-11

Hilton, Mark (2013) Shaping a memory: the mediation of 9-11. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Commemorations of historical events are a key aspect of a nation’s heritage, which is fundamental in teaching the stories of the past. They are created with the intention of being sites that can be visited by the public as a permanent location to remember an event to serve, in part, as a form of education to the next generations. These sites often being either a celebration of a particular individual or event, or to mourn a terrible atrocity. This dissertation will be exploring the latter, and the developments of modern society that has led to a change in the way we view and memorialise such events. I will be focusing on 9/11 as a case study, and how the documentation and dissemination of images, particularly in the media, has resulted in how we now perceive Ground Zero and the event itself. I will also be analysing the influence these images had politically during that time. In addition to this, I argue that gradual desensitisation to graphic imagery has led to a change of attitude in tourism at the memorial site.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 14:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14037

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