The Strange Fascination of People of Turning Catastrophes Into a Media Event

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The Strange Fascination of People of Turning Catastrophes Into a Media Event

This opinion article tries to outline why the destruction of New York is presented in films and takes the 11th September terrorist attack as a case study and it attempts to find reasons why disasters that happen in real life remain stamped in the imagination of the human psyche.

The destruction of the New York skyline has long been an obsession for the American film industry. It is depicted a lot in the Planet of the Apes series when in the first film's memorable closing sequence we see Charlton Heston finding the Statue of liberty half buried in the sand. The sequel " Beneath the Planet of the Apes" goes one step further
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there seems to be no limit to Hollywood's obsession with turning the Big Apple to smithereens in the movies but Life imitated art on the 11th of September 2001 when terrorists seized control of two American Airlines Jetliners and crashed them into the two World Trade Center in New York City.

As these terrorist attacks occurred, a larger -than -life poster for the film " Collateral Damage" loomed over the Brooklyn Bridge. As pedestrians fled the crumbling building pouring over the bridge into Brooklyn, many were caught in an ironic middle ground between Hollywood that is the billboard image of Schwarzenneger and the terrorist illuminated by a fiery explosion that contrasted with the real background that was the horrific sight of the towers in flames.

This phenomenon with disasters having an impact on the mind's of people is not new, if one goes back in time we find people that were fascinated and disturbed by the TITANIC tragedy for so much was written in the newspapers on the British luxury passenger liner because it was considered unsinkable by many.

In 1937 another real life event stunned the general public when what was supposed to be an enjoyable journey ended in disaster when the mighty German airship Hindenburg burst into flames and plunged into the ground. It is reported that the effect of these images captured

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