CNN.com – World Trade Center site: What would you do? This interactive page asks viewers to submit drawings for the 16-acre site. Tonight I watched Aaron Brown display a few of the drawings, and I wondered about CNN’s motive. Surely they know that no unofficial design will penetrate the authority of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the Port Authority or any other association involved with the design selection process. Instead, CNN offers viewers a chance to go public with their ideas, make a fleeting splash on national television, and then fade back into the unknown. CNN gets a long-running human interest feature that neither comments on nor furthers the official process.
The Rhetorica Network
I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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