lux wrote:Trouble is anyone who has watched TV has "seen a plane," including those who were there. Television has been shown to provide false memories.
Questionnaires would have to be carefully worded (I worked in market research).
I would also add a question asking if at any time it seemed that the news footage or photographs they saw did not match what they actually saw that day and, if so, ask for details.
Maybe you could help us word one. Here is how I might start it:
Intro: I want to compare TV's opinion of the events of 9/11 with actual witness testimony ...
1. Can I ask you where you were on 9/11? (not "how you found out" because that could turn into a long boring story about running to find a television.)
or maybe like "Where were you when 9/11 happened?"
2. Were you able to see anything with your own eyes that corroborated the television pictures?
3. If yes: did you see something with your own eyes BEFORE you began to hear official television reports - or AFTER?
4. If yes part II: close your eyes and go back in time. Compare your memory of events and the first questions you had. How was what you asked informed? What was the first question you got answered and how did it get answered?
5. Go through all the questions in your mind if you can remember them and try to remember how those questions were answered and by whom.
I have to be careful, though, because I can already see where people will run off with their rehearsed story of 9/11 that they've already told their family and friends a million times. The trick is to get people to revisit it and rethink it. The news will tell people "remember your 9/11 story" but that doesn't necessarily hurt our chances of getting people to open up about the questions they have.