DID YOU KNOW?
Let me ask you, how important is it to read news everyday? How significant is it to distinguish real news from satire and fake ones? More so, how important is it to trust only reliable news apps? Well, people who lived in the late 1930s learned their lesson. Did you know that a radio broadcast lead by Orson Welles caused a massive panic on the Halloween eve of 1938? George Orson Welles was a renowned director, actor, and writer in the field of radio and theatre.
The broadcast was about the 17th episode of the CBS Radio series ‘The Mercury Theatre on the Air’ featuring the novel by H.G. Welles entitled The War of the Worlds. The radio drama that was directed and narrated by Orson Welles himself lasted for one hour. With conviction, he went on with the show in the form of a simulated live newscast. It depicted the story of the Martian invasion of Earth. About over a million gullible audience believed that there was really an alien invasion as they listened to the broadcast. Little did people know it was just a regular radio drama. It resulted in a massive panic among the citizens. A lot of people started packing their things up and were ready to flee and look for shelter in different areas. A lot of them flocked to the grocery to pick up some food supplies. It then paved the way for the existence of a theory that states mass media has a direct, immediate and powerful effect on its audiences. Thanks to this historic event, through the years, American citizens have kept an eye for the political news sources and started to become vigilant!
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