Myth of the War of the Worlds hysteria

by ninashiel

The War of the Worlds radio play by Orson Welles could be called the first truly immersive fictional experience brought about by means of technology – but Jefferson Pooley and Michael Socolow argue that the ‘mass hysteria’ it supposedly caused never took place.  If that’s the case, this is a fascinating case of a myth of the power of media, as the writers suggest.