FP Passport has an interesting feature on what is best described as “graphical journalism”. The book, “After 9/11”, is essentially a graphical representation of the 9/11 Commission report. You can hear about the artists/authors on NPR.
The reason I wanted to post this is mainly because I am always fascinated, if not infatuated, with how information is being disseminated these days. It used to be such a monochromatic field: books, newspapers, radio, TV. Now it has expanded to new realms like the Internet, blogs, community radio, podcasts, and yes, even graphic novels of this sort. It is an interesting way to present information and in this case, I’m also wondering on how it impacts the historical relevance. In other words, if history is written by the victors, how will that change with more mediums and more players in the information game? How will it impact younger generations that didn’t live through the events, keeping in mind that the majority of undergraduate students at universities around the world can hardly remember 9/11?
If anything, I think there should be an Arabized interpretation that documents the post-9/11 world from our perspective (I know one Jordanian company that might be up to that task). Given the fact that this region and its people have been the most affected by 9/11 – whether economically, politically, socially or even in terms of body count – we should be making more use of these new and creative mediums to portray our own histories.
It shouldn’t necessarily be written by the victors, or, in this case, uhem, the liberators.
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