What if the undeniable horrors of 9/11 drove the arts more toward reality? And yet at the same time pushed them more toward fantasy? What if we were simultaneously running away from the world and into their arms?
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock says there was a turn toward reality, in what artists created and in what audiences wanted: "9/11 certainly fed a hunger among people to know more." About everything. Jolted awake, we saw we were part of the world, part of history, and we hungered to know both better."
After 9/11 in the arts: More reality, but also more fantasy - Philly.com: