The Impact of 9/11 on the Convergence of Technology & Entertainment
How does the story of 9/11 get told through the convergence of technology and entertainment?
First, entertainment does not imply mindless parties and popcorn movies forgotten as soon as you walk out the doors of the theater. What entertains us is not solely for our amusement.
I have no fear the events that took place on September 11, 2001, will ever be trashed and turned into some blockbuster action adventure starring Bruce Willis.
I love Bruce Willis, so no slur there. And Nicolas Cage did nothing to denigrate the story in World Trade Center, but sought to capture the heroism of the fire fighters who saved so many lives that day.
However, many shows on TV carried on as usual. Outside on the streets and in the malls, there was no hint America had ever been attacked 10 years ago.
Hollywood remains terribly shy of going for the disaster film everyone dreads will eventually get made.
However, on the Anniversary--a strange word to use as if 9/11 is cause for celebration--there was still plenty of new shows and online features to "entertain" under the guise of honor and remembrance.
The NY Times Arts section features a tribute to 9/11 in the arts and culture. Ejay Weiss is celebrated online on the 9/11 Memorial Museum site with paintings he created using ash from the fallen buildings.
Rock and fashion photographer Richard Agudelo re-focused his camera to create his own series of shots capturing the harrowing experience.
A book and soundtrack followed with proceeds going to 9/11 related charities.
From quilt making to dance to theater and photography, 9/11 is a story told in as many ways as there are artists.
The convergence of how the public captured the events of that fateful day and how the text messages, cellphone videos and even voice messages left on answering machines were translated into broadcast news stories, then reinterpreted by artists and storytellers, becomes mind-boggling in the quest to make sense out of what happened that day.Continued on the next page