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September 11, 2001 Twenty Years Later: 9/11 in Cultural Perspective

This guide is a companion to the Odum LIbary exhibit and meant for researchers as well as the public

Why the cultural impact?

This page reflects the cultural impact of September 11, 2001. This event happened at a time when barely 50% of the US used the internet, and less than a year after the hotly contested 2000 United States presidential election. September 11, 2001 left lingering impacts on culture and society: the stories that were told in movies and television are as much artifacts of this time as military interventions and changes in government policies. Questions about grief, citizenship, responsibility, and patriotism were asked in multiple formats, and as in many times of crisis, there were more questions than answers. Likewise, this era was not the birth of conspiracy thinking--conspiracy theories have always thrived during social and political upheaval--but the ease of web communication spread them with a new and unfamiliar speed. 

These items give an insight into some of the impact of September 11, and the larger cultural fears and conversations. 

Internet culture and conspiracy theories

Islamophobia and Hate Crimes post 9/11