This Week in the News…

Posted: September 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Sept. 13, Harrisburg Patriot

Digital Archive Documents 9/11 Experience

“Visitors to the [Smithsonian] exhibit, which opened yesterday and closes Jan. 11, 2003, will be able to record their stories for the digital archive, a joint project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Virginia and the American Social History Project at the City University of New York…. Tom Scheinfeldt, a managing director of the September 11 Digital Archive, describes the task before them: ‘Our job is to provide the haystack in which historians will find their needles.'”

Saturday, Sept. 14, CNN Reliable Sources

Has Media Gone Overboard on Coverage of 9/11 Anniversary?

Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief and a professor of public policy and communications at George Mason University: “I do think that there is something to be said for balance in all of this. I completely agree that this coverage was important, that the event needs to be commemorated, that the country has to remember that our younger generations need to find a way to remember this, and they are all about a media culture…. The real danger is not what happened on 9/11, but the danger is does that coverage and the mindset that led to it squeeze out legitimate important debate on other topics, make it somehow unpatriotic to ask questions, or intimidate journalists from asking questions or writing tough articles. In many ways, that’s more of a barometer of what the 9/11 coverage was about than how much was out there.”

Sunday, Sept. 15, Buffalo News

Airline Woes Hit Home

“Other big airlines are scrambling to figure out how to afford the labor contracts they negotiated in better times for the industry. ‘I think the problem is, the unions are going to have to be much more realistic with what they can take,’ said Kenneth Button, a public policy professor at George Mason University. The bigger airlines also have a significant burden in the form of pension packages, a cost that the smaller start-up airlines don’t have to deal with, Button said.”

Monday, Sept. 16, Newsweek

Pondering the Future’s Future

“This shift in the methodology of discovery has complicated matters. It gave inventors the wherewithal to build ever more complex machines, but made the act of inventing more complex as well. The Pentagon awards a contract for a new jet fighter to a prime contractor, which passes the various subsystems and components down through layers of subcontractors. ‘Henry Ford could understand every piece of his assembly line,’ says Don Kash, a technology expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘Nobody can do that at Toyota.’ Complexity has spread from big-ticket items like cars and planes to toasters, stuffed animals and Game Boys…. ‘My father thought the world would be the same,’ says Kash. ‘My children wake up every day thinking the world will be different.'”

Monday, Sept. 16, National Public Radio Talk of the Nation

Yemen and Its Role in the War on Terror

Mark Katz, professor of government and politics at George Mason University: “Just because people are Yemenis doesn’t mean that they belong to al-Qaeda. I think a lot of Yemenis are very fearful of any kind of extremism. They’ve had a lot of experience with revolution and revolutionary regimes and the false promises that they bring. I think most Yemenis don’t expect al-Qaeda to deliver anything better. But there are some Yemenis, clearly as in other Muslim countries, who see the message of al-Qaeda as the answer. And a lot of their concerns have to do with their local grievances. There’s a lot of opposition to the government. And the key thing is that the government is not all that strong.”

Wednesday, Sept. 18, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Midwest Express, Union to Resume Talks

“Once management sets such a deadline, it does two things, said Kenneth Kovach, a labor relations expert and professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘First it puts pressure on the union. But if the deadline goes unanswered, it solidifies the company’s position and can paint them (the union) into a corner.’ Midwest Express is trying to test the union’s mettle, Kovach said. ‘They’re tightening up the screws a bit to see what happens. If there is some dissension in the flight attendants ranks, it increases the chances of their union accepting the company’s offer.'”

Thursday, Sept. 19, Christian Science Monitor

Grand Federal Plans for Cybersecurity Falter

“‘An attack would not be difficult to launch,’ says Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘Because the country is so connected to the Internet, we now are vulnerable.'”

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