Annenberg Faculty's Perspectives on 9/11

The United States noted the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the country this past weekend. Annenberg faculty provided their perspectives.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, explained to USA Today the differences in the lexicon since September 11: “'9-1-1' now elicits feelings of vulnerability, fear, defiance and recovery. […] words carry associations they lacked before the attacks.”

Carolyn Marvin, the Frances Yates Professor of Communication, talked about the symbolism of the American flag: “It’s about sacrifice and everybody knows that, and sometimes people don’t even know that they know it […] we put this flag over coffins. We do not put the eagle over coffins; we do not put George Washington over coffins. This flag represents the so-called ultimate sacrifice.”

Barbie Zelizer, the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, discussed the significance of the date during an interview with alumnus Stewart Hoover (Ph.D. ’85) on Colorado Public Radio, and explained 9/11’s effects on television programming in an interview with The Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “We are in a different place as a culture, and the TV dramas have been reflecting that.”