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September 11 2001 one of the darkest days in US history terrorists staged a devastating attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Internet CBSCOM That day as people sat in front of their television sets across the nation appalled by the sites their eyes had witnessed they could not help but become captivated in their own living rooms Viewers watched live footage as two planes crashed through the World Trade Center in New York City The images that swept across our screens were almost too surreal to believe In this essay I am going to describe the image that will eventually become documented in our US history books and I will explain the effects it had on me It was shown on every local network and international station across Americas nation it was a Boeing 767 airplane crashing into the second building of the World Trade Center That morning I viewed the live coverage on a CBS station It seemed to be like any other morning in New York City The lighting of the image was bright and colorful yet that instantly changed when my immediate attention focused on a disturbing image which revealed the south tower of the World Trade Center engulfed in billows of smoke The lighting instantaneously switched from a bright and colorful image to a gray and dreary image Then eighteen minutes later I became distracted by another plane flying in the air The cameraman panned over to the left side of the north building and shot a close-up of a plane heading straight towards the second tower This event caused a huge explosion now filling the skies with excessive amounts of smoke above Manhattan New York New Yorkers were stricken with horror and me overwhelmed with disbelief When I first viewed the footage my effects on the image were torn between confusion of surrealism and realism My psyche construed the image as a science fiction movie rather than
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