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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 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 under way. 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 vulnerability 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_facetBroadcast journalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Hoaxes in mass media
Mass media and public opinion
Performing arts
Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Science fiction radio programs -- Psychological aspects
War of the worlds (Radio program)
War of the worlds (Radio program) -- Influence
Welles, Orson, -- 1915-1985 -- Criticism and interpretation
Welles, Orson, -- 1915-1985 -- Influence
title_displayBroadcast hysteria : Orson Welles's War of the worlds and the art of fake news
title_fullBroadcast Hysteria Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News
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_shortBroadcast hysteria
title_subOrson Welles's War of the worlds and the art of fake news
topic_facetBroadcast journalism
Criticism and interpretation
History
Hoaxes in mass media
Influence
Mass media and public opinion
Nonfiction
Performing Arts
Performing arts
Psychological aspects
Radio broadcasting
Science fiction radio programs
Technology
Welles, Orson