Youth celebrates death through the media post 9/11
For 102 minutes, millions of Americans who habitually watch the morning news experience the longest uninterrupted news event in the United States as they watch two planes collide into the World Trade Center towers. From the moment the first plane collides to the moment the north tower collapses; covering downtown with sheet of debris. As the news continues to cover this event, America becomes a “shock nation” filled with no hope, fear, and loss.
We become depersonalized and it is up to our media to distract us from the loss.
Post September 11, the media begins to censor anything involving hijacking, planes, terrorism, and the World Trade Center towers themselves. Shows delayed, movies cancelled, and photographs edited. Anything to remind America that we are strong, but are still dealing with loss.
Over a decade later we see a new America.An America with a more positive outlook in life.
Where “The Motto”, as rapper Drake tells us, “You only live once, thats the motto ni—a, YOLO” tells the youth to live life to its fullest.
The youth parties to videos steaming images of death, gore, violence, riots and suicides. A desensitized America who only a decade ago could not touch on the subject of dying or terrorism now celebrating death.
200 seconds of 102 minutes is a collection of videos created over the past couple of years by popular artists appropriated with footage from September 11, 2001. The video begins with the famous speech given by then President George W. Bush and transitions to Ke$ha’s 2012 song “Die Young” - a catchy beat with morbid lyrics.
As we look at the attacks then and the videos now- we see that Ke$ha has a point.
“So lets make the most out of life ‘cause we’re gonna die young”
Disclaimer: Graphic footage, raunchy dancing, and some Ke$ha's "Die Young"
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