The Numbing of the American Mind

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Andy Urtz November 27, 2007 AMST 101 “The Numbing of the American Mind” Assignment America: What’s Really Important? As time passes and mass media becomes more prevalent in society, Americans are becoming less sensitive to stories that would normally evoke very strong emotions. Thomas de Zengotita’s piece “The Numbing of the American Mind” addresses this very well. Although the availability of any piece of information you could ever want is a great tool to have, sometimes people are better off not knowing. On September 11, 2001, the nation was in a state of crisis. People all over the country lost loved ones, and used this disaster as a way to come together as a nation united towards one cause; finding the people responsible. The immediate emotions were those of sorrow and disbelief, the same emotions that were present when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The only difference is these emotions didn’t last long. With the emergence of so many ways to get news of this tragedy every major news channel in the country was covering it. For weeks there were images of the towers collapsing and pictures and stories of
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course AMST 101 taught by Professor Rice during the Fall '08 term at St. John Fisher College.

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