The Impact of 9/11 on the Convergence of Technology & Entertainment - Page 2
For perhaps the fullest coverage of the event, the NY Times would be the first place to turn to. The power of video and photography collected on one site, streamed digitally via the Internet, is a testament to a global communication system never before known in the history of shared stories.
Wikipedia expounds on how culture responded with a list of global cultural references that include comic books, tons of documentaries, short stories, poetry, music and much more.
Michael Moore certainly infiltrated our thoughts and feelings with his documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
Now 5 years later after Moore's brazen attack on America's failure to respond, the stories become more intimate with the lives of those lost, the lives of survivors and those who saved them.
The 9/11 Commission Report served as a blueprint for the use of technology in responding to such horrific events.
The physical, structural, and technological improvements made to the WTC after the '93 attack ominously set the stage for what designers were to learn about fire safety and security after 9/11.
From computerized fire alarm systems to state-of-the-art communication systems and satellite surveillance, it's fair to say America's infrastructure will undergo a remodeling for years to come.
Whatever criticism there may be of design or technological failures surrounding 9/11, clearly no one was prepared for the chaos that ensued. What remains remarkable, is in spite of whatever alert and safety deficiencies there were, the heroism of 1000s of volunteers is a testament to the human spirit to rise above tragedy.
NORAD has since streamlined its monitoring of all aircraft with increased air patrols. The Department of Homeland Security never existed before 9/11, and new communication channels were installed to integrate FEMA, the U.S. Secret Service and other government agencies involved in first repsonse. Meanwhile the NSA received an updated mandate to oversee all of the United States communication systems.
Many of the changes are outlined in The Center for Technology in Government's downloadable PDF: Information, Technology, and Coordination: Lessons from the World Trade Center Response.Continued on the next page