Asia Pacific Media Educator


This commentary is the result of a research survey conducted with 70 Mass Communication undergraduate students enrolled in a unit simply entitled Mass Communication II at Murdoch University on September 11, 2002 (911). The survey was intended, firstly, to commemorate a possibly over-hyped first anniversary of the Sept.11 attack on New York. Secondly, it aims to find out if students would employ the critical tools of media analyses in thinking about a media event like 911. Students were asked to revisit their reactions following the collapse of the Twin Towers, to consider if the coverage was ‘media overkill’ and to express their thoughts one year on. This commentary looks into how resistance to global media is manifested in expressions of disinterest and resentment of global media. It offers media educators a way of thinking about the discursive ways in which students utilise and apply theoretical knowledge.