Communication and Terrorism: Public and Media Responses to 9/11

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"Dozens of communication researchers responded to the tragedies of 9/11 by immediately designing and carrying out research projects. Some examined communication behaviors. Some did content analysis of the news media. Some made studied observations about their communication environments. Still others were concerned with emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses to 9/11 events among children, youth and adults. For most of the researchers, this was part of their own means of coping with a unique experience. All responded quickly to a call to make their study results available before another crisis occurs." This volume compiles the best of those research efforts. Studies include diffusion of news of the attacks, the role of the Internet, tracking of media use and gratifications, how television covered the crisis, the portrayal of the enemy in editorial cartoons, national studies of stress reactions, parents' perceptions of their children's fears, and the role of communication in coping with terror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572734975
  • Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Hampton Press Communication Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 377

Table of Contents

The Chronology of 9/11
The Chronology After 9/11
I Diffusion of News of the Attacks, Communication Patterns, and Related Behaviors 1
1 Diffusion, Media Use and Interpersonal Communication Behaviors 3
2 Media Sources of Information and Attitudes About Terrorism 17
3 Internet Use and the Terror Attacks 27
4 Public Perceptions of Media Functions at the Beginning of the War on Terrorism 39
5 Media Use, Information Seeking, and Reported Needs in Post Crisis Contexts 53
6 Tracking Media Use and Gratifications 65
7 Tracking Media Consumption Among Monitors and Blunters 75
8 Media Use in Germany Around the Attacks in the United States 85
II The Content of News and Non-News Elements of the Terrorist Attacks 99
9 How TV News Covered the Crisis: The Content of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox 101
10 The Dynamics of Electronic Media Coverage 121
11 Dehumanizing the Enemy in Editorial Cartoons 137
12 Representing Patriotism: The Blurring of Place and Space in an "All-America City" 153
13 "Plane Wreck with Spectators": The Semiotics of Terror 163
III Response and Reactions to News of the Terrorist Attacks 175
14 National Studies of Stress Reactions and Media Exposure to the Attacks 177
15 Parents' Perceptions of Children's Fear Responses 193
16 Hopes and Fears of 6- to 11-Year-Olds 209
17 Emotion and Coping with Terror 229
18 Fear, Grief, and Sympathy Responses to the Attacks 245
19 Emotional Involvement in the Attacks 261
20 Gender Differences in Perceptions of Media Reports of the Gulf and Afghan Conflicts 275
21 Communication Infrastructure and Civic Actions in Crisis 289
22 Public Opinion Responses in Germany 305
23 Summary and Discussion 317
References 333
Author Index 355
Subject Index 363
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