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Missing a beat - Story-making and the absent president on September 11

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Abstract:

In attempting to construct a coherent narrative from the shocking events of September 11, 2001, American news anchors, reporters and officials faced the problem of an absence at the ‘center’ - a displacement of the main character whose agency was needed if the story were to unfold as expected. The rhetorical and narrative strategies called upon to fill this gap - to renegotiate the terms of the emerging narrative ‘on the fly’ - offer a rare, real-time glimpse of American cultural ‘story-making’ in operation.

Keywords: President Bush; September 11; cultural analysis; media coverage; narrative analysis; terrorist attacks

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ejac.22.1.85.16644

Affiliations: Centre for Management Communication, University of Southern California

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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