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TOPIC: Media Studies,Media, Gender, and Race:Section 2940

Media Studies,Media, Gender, and Race:Section 2940 12 Sep 2016 13:39 #10186

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Occidental College Vandalism:

This post is to comment on the Vandalism of the 911 Memorial at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California on 9/11/2016.
This outrages me. To be quite frank, vandalism in general outrages me. I don't see it as a medium of expression or art or any of the like. I see it as someone destroying someone else's property and under no circumstances do I think that it's okay. I think that this act disrespects all of those lost in the attacks. The posters, which read "RIP to the 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11, RIP to the 1,455,590 innocent iraqis who died during the US invasion for something they didn't do" are accurate but interesting to pick apart. I think that yes, they are extremely accurate, many innocent Iraqis died due to the events that occurred on 9/1/2001. However I find it interesting that the poster uses the word "innocent" for the Iraqis killed but not the Americans, were the firefighters, cops, and those working in the towers/pentagon, those in the planes not innocent? It's just an odd choice of words, in my opinion.
This disaster got a lot of media attention this morning. I find it really interesting to see how different news outlets showed the event.
insider.foxnews.com/2016/09/12/vandals-d...ental-college-campus
Fox News uses words like "destroyed", "disgraceful", "vandals",.
I am curious to see how more liberal media will portray these acts. Will they show it as an act of peaceful protest? I'm not sure.
I also think that it's interesting to consider how the American flag is memorialized in the American media and how it acts as a symbol. Americans use it to pump up or for disdainful reasons. It's definitely a tool that people use to connect with others and make important statements.
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