Missing a beat - Story-making and the absent president on September 11
Author: Smith, Jeff
Source: European Journal of American Culture, Volume 22, Number 2, 1 May 2003 , pp. 85-102(18)
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Centre for Management Communication, University of Southern California
Publication date: May 1, 2003
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