HG Wells’ War of the Worlds is a novel about the long planned invasion of Earth by Martian forces. In 1938, almost a decade before the Roswell incident, Orson Welles wrote and directed a radio adaptation and broadcast it in the form of a play on October 30th, the night before Halloween. Welles made an interesting directorial change to the play to have it sound like a news broadcast.

Among the listeners who had missed the introductory explanation that it was all fiction, panic broke out. People hid in their basements, readied their guns and houses for attack and wrapped wet towels around their heads to stave off the effects of Martian poison gas.

Surely now we can laugh and point out the gullibility of people at the time, listening to what they thought was the news, which was actually a fabrication meant to illicit an emotional reaction. I’m glad that doesn’t happen in modern broadcasting…

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