Ontología de los medios:
The multiplicity of the video channels emphasizes a few things. First the multiple ontology of the towers as described by Jean Baudrillard as a thing that already came with its own identical double, second the multiplicity of the attacks in New York and elsewhere and their tragic consequence, and lastly the more relevant multiplicity that pertains to the relationship between an actual physical event and the reception of its “live” media coverage by different audiences.
9/11 took place at the threshold of humanity’s migration from the televisual to telecomputational networks. Every media paradigm ushers a particular way for how individuals and groups pay attention and inadvertently collect, sort and use memory. This temporal process plays the most significant role in the formation of both subjectivity and intersubjectivity. The dominant televisual mode of seeing and relating to the world, which, one can argue, saw 9/11 both as its apex and the start of its sudden decline, was itself at the same time a link between the pre television cinematic paradigm and the internet’s networked mode. In other words, the live coverage of 9/11 on news television was as much about the dramatic narrative of the event in the style of a movie as it was about its live and simultaneous spread in fragments over several networks like viral content on the Internet.
As a form of media studies, the television footage in this work probes the transformational properties of live broadcast events. It shows how they intervene in the formation of history by self inserting as a virtual reality into the unfolding lives of the members of a large collective, bootstrapping to the very fabric of their individual lives in order to give meaning or significance to the passage of important moments. This transformation is depicted in the beginning of the footage as the broadcasting of the live event takes over the mundane TV programming of a quotidian Tuesday morning in America, transforming it into a global live media event.
(…) We might wrongly assume an exclusively representational function for the media but the media’s function from the standpoint of history is more constructive than reflective. Therefore it ought to be common sense to suggest that at the same time that the real towers were collapsing, they were being resurrected as symbols of a new geopolitical condition. Similar to how Heidegger describes the differences between a tool and a thing, the physical destruction of the buildings as utility was the starting point for the construction of the towers or their destruction and lack as a particular concept. The media footage was as much about the ending of an old world as it was about the beginning of a new one in the future. (…)
Mohammad Salemy, 9/11 & the Temporality of Televisual Intersubjectivity