Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News
On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside. With sirens blaring in the background, announcers in the field described mysterious creatures, terrifying war machines, and thick clouds of poison gas moving toward New York City. As the invading force approached Manhattan, some listeners sat transfixed, while others ran to alert neighbors or to call the police. Some even fled their homes. But the hair-raising broadcast was not a real news bulletin-it was Orson Welles's adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds.
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"Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News" by A. Brad Schwartz compels the reader to run to the nearest dictionary for the definitions of both panic and hysteria ... Read full review
BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake NewsUser Review - Kirkus
A skeptical look at the panic that might have been.Just as literature was created the day a boy cried wolf when there was no wolf, the birth of fake news in the United States may have been Oct. 30 ... Read full review