Americans post 9/11 from pride to terror

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Title: Americans post 9/11 from pride to terror
Author: Korstanje, Maximiliano
Abstract: Globalization and tourism are based on technological mobile societies. The acceleration of transport system over the last years has prompted the encounter of diverse cultures. Some scholars preclude that this meeting determine zones of conflict and discrepancy because of religious or cultural incompatibilities. Undoubtedly, the attack perpetrated to World Trade Centre in 2001 led to think that globalization has a dark side which remained unexplored by specialists. What this editorial explores not only is the historical connection between terrorism and tourism but the sentiment of paranoia many Americans feel at time of abandoning their homeland. The psychological fear instilled by the media post 9/11 pointed out to religion as a key factor to explain terrorism. Those specialists who embrace this thesis ignore that Muslim World and Christianity has been peacefully coexisted during centuries. Other aspect to keep in mind is that terrorists were educated in the best Western universities. This suggests that terrorism corresponds with a political tactic that nothing has to do with religion. Fundamentalists not only are unacquainted to the ways of secularized world, but they are not familiar with violence. Rather, fear of terrorism and terrorism result from the sense of uniqueness, coined by founding parents in US. The influence of media in creating fear as a mechanism of indoctrination was brilliantly assessed by David Altheide (2002) in his book Creating Fear: news and construction of crisis.
Date: 2014


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