Over a Decade Past: Where are We Now?

It has been almost 14 years since that tragic day and with it came life-altering changes. Gernerations to come will still experience the effects as the world simply is not the same anymore.

Many facets of life in American were reshaped, some were temporary in response to concerns regarding safety such as the infamous color-coded terror alert system, while others have remained permanent.

Lasting Effects: Post 9/11 and the Immergence of A New World

The America pre-9/11 seems almost foreign now. Gone is the notion of true privacy. The idea of a true peace time seems bizarre even now because it seems there is no way to end this war on terror. The romance movie cliche of someone chasing after the love of their life through an airport terminal is impossible. No ticket? No entry. That is not even considering the amount of security a person would have to pass through in order to stop the love of their life. The mass survellience we are all acutely aware of in a way we previously were not makes true personal privacy seem distant.

New threats have come and gone and will likely continue to occur. The question of safety is not as emminent as it once was 10 years ago but it is within the American consciousness. Those who remember that day in September will always carry a bit of that fear and pain. The nation has healed and become stronger, despite disparities over the actions that occured post attack. Moving forward is all that can be done.

The world is changed forever.

9/11 Changed the US and Music:

The events of 9/11 changed the face of music. It became acceptable again to see and hear politics within it and more artists than ever took part in contributing to the narrative of the time. Politics in music had and still has a renewed strength, a medium that is capable of communicating to the masses which is essentially the essence of what both music and politics encompass.

Endearing Relationship: Music and Politics Remain Entwined:

Music is not always political, however, there is no denying the strength of the historical connection binding them. Music reflects the emotions, the event of its time just as any cultural artifact does.

Despite locational, cultural, and economic differences across the globe, music acts as a universial vehical for the individual, for a group, a community, a people and a world. It creates a connection and that connection will come up with politics time and time again.

September Eleventh Memorial Museum at Ground Zero

September Eleventh Memorial Museum at Ground Zero



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Scholarly Articles:

Bleiker, Roland. “Art After 9/11.” Alternatives: Global Local.Political, Vol. 31, No. 1, Art and Politics (2006): 77-99. JSTOR.

Claassen, Andrew Robertson, “After the Towers Fell: Musical Responses to 9/11” (2009). Open Access Theses. Paper 204.

Kellner, Douglas. “9/11, Spectacles of Terror, and Media Manipulation.” Critical Discourse Studies 1.1 (2004): 41-64. Web. 28 Mar. 2015

Li, Qiong, and Marilynn B. Brewer. “What Does It Mean to Be an American? Patriotism, Nationalism, and American Identity After 9/11.” Political Psychology 25.5 (2004): 727-39. Wiley Online Library.


“Timelines: 9/11.” Investigating Power. American University, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. <http://www.investigatingpower.org/timelines/9-11/>.