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Webmachine: 9/11 as seen on the News

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Webmachine: 9/11 as seen on the News


Californian non-profit group The Internet Archive is providing a library of news footage from 20 US and international TV channels that charts how those media reported events on and after 9/11. The coverage starts at 08:01 New York time and continues until around 21:00 on September 17, 2001. In total, that makes for more than 3,000 hours of footage.

The Archive presents its work in a way that allows the visitor to navigate through such a massive stock of footage. The rolling news coverage is cut into extracts of between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes long, which together form a continuous timeline in which key moments are tagged with clickable icons. One drawback of this is that it can be frustrating not to be able to see a longer, uninterrupted version of events.

The archives were compiled with the help of private donations, like all the audio and video files provided by the organisation since it was founded in 1996. The site also offers analysis of the news coverage although, as the director of The Internet Archive explained to Associated Press, the project seeks to allow the visitor his or her own interpretation, saying “I’m hopeful that people will come to this and make their own decisions about how they want to think about it, as opposed to politicians who have been pushing and pulling the event for years.”

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