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Issued date: 2009-11-21

Keywords: Spectators , 9-11 , Media , Spectacular , Documentary , unreality

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Abstract:The unreality of films was superseded by reality on 9-11 and therefore cinema required a different kind of perception to offer to the spectators as the boundaries of imagination became altered. The events that followed the devastation which occurred on the 1The unreality of films was superseded by reality on 9-11 and therefore cinema required a different kind of perception to offer to the spectators as the boundaries of imagination became altered. The events that followed the devastation which occurred on the 11th September 2001 in New York affected the way in which we perceive films, transforming our symbolic and epistemological system. This episode was beyond our imagination, beyond our words and, in Lacanian terms, we can say that it was necessary to reconcile the real and the symbolic to understand its consequences King, 2005: 18. Our society of spectacle has almost achieved sensitive immunity to the effects of the image. In spite of the impact that they can produce, our minds do not suffer considerable damage from the horror of certain scenes. The shock of the images of the Gulf War or 9-11 are perfect examples of world events that, presented in a spectacular way, are perceived more as fiction than reality, and therefore their effects are cushioned. The cruelty and realism of media are paradoxically producing the opposite effect of what was intended: the feeling of unreality. This is the phenomenon that Baudrillard terms the ‘perfect crime’: there is no crime scene, no guilt and no trace in our memory. Nowadays, fictional films use documentary elements to gain veracity and create a special bond between the spectators’ experience of these events and the film as in United 93 Greengrass, 2006. Respectively, documentaries fictionalise reality, using familiar information to create stories that are not necessarily verified as in The Falling Man Singer, 2006.+-

Description:Artículo presentado en el simposium: -Representing the War on Terror: post 9-11 television drama and documentary One day conference at the ATRiuM, CCI, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Saturday November 21st 2009-





Author: Diaz Gandasegui, Vicente

Source: http://e-archivo.uc3m.es


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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Repositorio institucional e-Archivo http:--e-archivo.uc3m.es Área de Sociología DAS - SOC - Comunicaciones en Congresos y otros eventos 2009-11-21 Spectators After 9-11 Diaz Gandasegui, Vicente http:--hdl.handle.net-10016-11279 Descargado de e-Archivo, repositorio institucional de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spectators after 9-11: This is (not) like a Hollywood film. Vicente Diaz Gandasegui The New York events have radicalized the relation of images to reality, in the same way as they have radicalized the global situation.
While before we dealt with an unbroken abundance of banal images and an uninterrupted flow of spurious events, the terrorist attack in New York has resurrected both the image and the event.
(…) The image consumes the event, that is, it absorbs the latter and gives it back as consumer goods.
(…) one might perceive (maybe with a certain relief) a resurgence of the real, and of the violence of the real, in a supposedly virtual universe.
But does reality really prevail over fiction? If it seems so, it is because reality has absorbed the energy of fiction, and become fiction itself. One could almost say that reality is jealous of fiction, that the real is jealous of the image.
It is as if they duel, to find which is the most unimaginable (Baudrillard, 2001) The events of 9-11 transformed the perception and the way of seeing images for a large portion of the world’s population.
Reality seems different after 9-11 and reciprocally the same can be said about fiction, blurring, once again, the thin line that separates these two very abstract concepts.
Indeed, 9-11 cannot only be observed as a terrorist attack, a massive act of destruction, but also as the most relevant media event of the XXI century and the inflection point of our (post)modern era.
The events of 9-11 were doubtless planned to be broadcast around the world with a symbolism to exceed the human, economical and political repercussions.
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