Broadcast hysteria: orson welles's war of the worlds and the art of fake news

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In Broadcast Hysteria, A. Brad Schwartz examines the history behind the infamous radio play. Did it really spawn a wave of mass hysteria? Schwartz is the first to examine the hundreds of letters sent directly to Orson Welles after the broadcast. He draws upon them, and hundreds more sent to the FCC, to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era, and his findings challenge conventional wisdom. Relatively few listeners believed an actual attack was underway. But even so, Schwartz shows that Welles's broadcast prompted a different kind of 'mass panic' as Americans debated the bewitching power of the radio and the country's vulnerabilities in a time of crisis. Schwartz's original research, gifted storytelling, and thoughtful analysis make Broadcast Hysteria a groundbreaking work of media history.
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subject_facet HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Performing Arts / Radio / History & Criticism, Performing arts, Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Science fiction radio programs -- Psychological aspects, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Radio, War of the worlds (Radio program), Welles, Orson, -- 1915-1985 -- Criticism and interpretation
table_of_contents "Journalism and showmanship" -- Winged Mercury -- Martians of the mind's eye -- "Yours in terror" -- "Public frightener no. 1" -- "Air racketeers" -- "The public interest" -- "The story of the century" -- "A matter of psychology" -- "The horror man".
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title Broadcast hysteria : orson welles's war of the worlds and the art of fake news
title_display Broadcast hysteria : Orson Welles's War of the worlds and the art of fake news
title_full Broadcast hysteria : Orson Welles's War of the worlds and the art of fake news / A. Brad Schwartz, Broadcast hysteria : orson welles's war of the worlds and the art of fake news [electronic resource] / A. Brad Schwartz
title_short Broadcast hysteria :
title_sort broadcast hysteria orson welles's war of the worlds and the art of fake news
title_sub orson welles's war of the worlds and the art of fake news
topic HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Performing Arts / Radio / History & Criticism, Performing arts, Radio broadcasting United States History 20th century, Science fiction radio programs Psychological aspects, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Radio, War of the worlds (Radio program), Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 Criticism and interpretation
topic_facet Criticism and interpretation, History, Performing arts, Psychological aspects, Radio broadcasting, Science fiction radio programs, War of the worlds (Radio program), Welles, Orson