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Perfect book for anyone interested in this broadcast, broadcasting history or 1930's radio. The book gives excellent, in depth coverage of the subject. Some of the problems involved in the Battle of the Worlds broadcast are with us today, such as the power of the media, what should be the role of government with regards to the media and efforts of the media to police itself which can be worse than government regulation. A amazing point the book makes is that the hysteria was blown method out of proportion by the news media and much of the hysteria can be blamed on an ignorant, poorly informed public who ignored reports of a Martian invasion and thought the Germans had invaded or a natural disaster had occurred. Public ignorance is a issue today.
Mr. Schwartz is to be congratulated for his exceptionally well written tome that strikes just the right balance between scholarship and the "popular." His use of unearthed letters written to the FCC, Orson Welles and others, coupled with his research in post-broadcast social analyses of the phenomenon, makes his book probably the "Last Word" on serious Battle of the Worlds (WOTW) research. He shows how exaggerated the newspaper reaction was to the radio program's result on its audience, how reactionary and opportunistic certain public officials were in exploiting the so called "Outrage" and, more cogently, how relevant the lessons learned in 1938 are to the show day of instantaneous communication. He starts the book by giving brief bios of Welles as a precocious kid prodigy turned theater and radio enfant terrible, John Houseman, an illegal Romanian emigre, who he collaborated with at the Mercury Theater on the Air program from whence WOTW originated and a host of smaller characters with key roles in the looming farce. He explains how the script was written by a certain Koch who cleverly assumed full ownership rights of it, a fact which Welles later came to regret. Welles himself had small to do with the script, showing up at the station in time to read it in the "fake news" format that had become stylish in those halcyon days of radio. The rest is history, of course. But history that only is revealed by the serious student of it, since the prevailing myth is that mobs of terrified Americans flooded the roads in anticipation of ghastly deaths by Martian death rays and black gas. Truth is that a fraction of an already little audience reacted adversely to the broadcast, which contained a few reminders of its fictional nature. But in a society on pins and needles over the Sudetenland Crisis, in the midst of an economic Depression, with parts of the country recovering from devastating hurricane, and more to the point, believing in the fresh info source as a reliable purveyor of the truth and nothing but the truth, it would not take much to light the fuel of anxiety. Oddly enough, just a month before a smilar broadcast of a comic book nature (called Crimson Wizard) had sparked (excuse the pun) mild panic in Chicago, allegedly being burned to the ground by different nefarious villains. But that much smaller shop impact was local and contained, nothing compared the ripple effects of the WOTW national broadcast. The papers leaped on the happening with both feet, eager to present the rival upstart technology as an irresponsible medium that required the firm and wise guidance of the print media (which had already begun gobbling up stations willy nilly.) Thus the barriers to journalistic integrity were automatically lowered by intent. The photos of families fleeing in panic, of suicides, mobs, police rallies, all were conflated and inflated (if not outright fabricated) to papers (sound familiar?) Lawsuits were filed, death threats issued to Welles, WABC and every swinging radio antenna, claiming mental anguish, financial ruin, etc. Welles became contrite and a small shell shocked, fearful that his career has been nipped in the Rosebud (sorry, I could not resist.) He needn't have worried; most of the fan reaction was in his favor, invoking his performance as work of genius, others praising the present as a demonstration of how unprepared the country was for war. Indeed, his name became popular overnight, and Hollywood beckoned. Alas, his star soon waned in LaLaLand, despite Citizen Kane ( a box office dud later reincarnated by TV). He soon became box office poison, which no studio would hire. Though he had initially tried to run away form his WOTW fame, later on, with issues hounding him, he found it expedient to exploit his most popular performance. Others jumped on the WOTW bandwagon with their own agendas, among them self righteous politicians defending public morality and one Dr. Cantril, a psychology professor, who wrote a book called Invasion from Mars, a tome looking at the sociopsychological factors influencing people's reactions to the broadcast. But even Cantril had an agenda, which created him skew the collected data to favor his own preconceived notions that higher class educated people were more immune to hysteria than less educated and less financially well off citizens. Schwarz also mentions copycat broadcasts around the world, including one in Ecuador in 1949 that caused mob violence and deaths. He concludes by discussing how media has become entertainment, driven by the "If it Bleeds It Leads" mentality,and warns that the same tendency to except unequivocal tweets and posts can lead to related fiascoes. He fails to mention anything about the films and TV shows that used the broadcast as either background or the basic event, several which posited that the Welles broadcast was used as a diversionary cover for an actual Martian attack. That omission is interesting in light of the mention he did create of another fake news TV broadcast in 1983 of a terrorist attack which caused some anxiety. I could not support but think of 9-11, an happening that a lot of in the world, including me, have concluded did not happen as our mendacious government at the time assured us it did. I wondered if that happening wasn't staged as an elaborate ver of the WOTW broadcast, this time exploiting visual media to capture falling buildings, colliding planes, frantic phone calls, aghast reporters, billowing clouds of debris and stern faced authorities vowing vengeance on its own ver of Martians to bamboozle an anxious and gullible public. Foolish speculation? Conspiratorial nonsense? Perhaps. But as the subsequent barrage of propaganda and lies about WMDs in Iraq demonstrated just two years after 9-11, nothing unites Americans more than sheer terror on the public airwaves. WOTW was a lesson governments learned a lot from.
I have read a lot of books and articles on the topic of Battle of the Worlds. This is by far one of the best. In the top 2 for is very well researched and written, and a wealth of knowledge on the particular, I enjoyed the chapters on the subsequent and small known broadcasts of Battle of the Worlds theme in Santiago, Chile - Quito, Ecuador - and Buffalo, Fresh York Highly Recommended.
A brilliant mix of narrative storytelling and historical research, "Broadcast Hysteria" a unbelievable glimpse behind the scenes of one of the most popular episodes in media history while also shedding interesting light on America's psyche at the time. The book deconstructs a lot of of the myths that have arisen around the broadcast while grounding everything in well-researched context. Schwartz also draws on the letters of listeners who wrote to the radio network and the FCC in the days following the broadcast, tapping into a treasure trove of material that gives the story a very human perspective.
Schwartz takes you on a well-documented history covering the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast in 1938, which caused few instances of public fear, but excessive newspaper and other media coverage. After the October 31st Halloween broadcast, a storm of problem for Orson Welles and the broadcasting industry erupted as the FCC, Congress and public figures called for an investigation and more regulations. Follow this fascinating story of an industry caught before the begin of WWII and McCarthyism that could have significantly restricted radio and tv programming development in the early years.
Fascinating analysis of probably the most popular radio broadcast, exploring both the actual story behind the perceived mass hysteria in the US (a misinterpretation sadly still widely taught) and the importance of fake news for modern media consumption. Also simply a well-written book that's enjoyable to read.
"Broadcast Hysteria" is two various narratives. The first is to describe the reality of the uproar that followed the Orson Welles Mercury Theater broadcast of "War of the Worlds", and the second is to pine for the "Golden Age" of radio broadcasting as it existed at the time of the "War of the Worlds" broadcast. I don't think the author ever really makes a convincing connection between the two threads of the narrative except perhaps to suggest that the FCC lost an opportunity by not using the "War of the Worlds" uproar as a pretext to increase its regulation of radio broadcasting in to save the "Golden Age" of radio that allowed such a present to be broadcast (if you can follow that logic).My favorite part of the book by far was chapter 4, a spellbinding description of the actual broadcast of "War of the Worlds" followed by some of the more interesting letters to Orson Welles and the FCC by people who were scared by the broadcast (and I have to give some here to Sean Runnette who narrated the audio ver of the book that I listened to). I also enjoyed the description of Orson Welles's fascinating career. And as for the ostensible topic of the book implied by the title, the author does create a amazing case that while the broadcast may have temporarily scared up to a million people, there was no widespread hysteria among the listeners. The only actual widespread hysteria were the false reports of the widespread hysteria by the newspapers and then the subsequent concern about the supposed widespread hysteria by the pundits, although all that blew over beautiful quickly as well (there were bigger concerns on the horizon in late 1938).The other theme that the author returns to throughout the book and then devotes his latest chapter to, is his concern over the loss of the Golden Age of broadcasting when radio advertising led to the creation of more radio shows with mass appeal. I thought this part of the book was weak and uninteresting, and I was disappointed that the latest chapter of the book was devoted to that issue. And here I must point out the largest flaw in the book. The author makes his same points with very related wording over and over throughout the book. It's easily the most repetitive book I've ever read or listened to.
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