The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics by Robert E. Bartholomew, Benjamin Radford

By Robert E. Bartholomew, Benjamin Radford

Historical past is replete with examples of media-created scares and panics. This booklet offers greater than 3 dozen reviews of media scares from the seventeenth century to the twenty first century, together with hoaxes perpetrated through newspapers, radio, tv and our on-line world. From the 1835 batmen at the Moon hoax to more moderen chicken flu scares and storm Katrina myths, this ebook explores hoaxes that spotlight the impression of the media on our lives and its tendency to sensationalize. many of the hoaxes lined happened within the usa, notwithstanding incidents from Europe, Asia, Africa, South the US and Australia are featured to boot. a number of are worldwide in scope, revealing the facility international media wields.

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But sometimes the temptation is too great and they ring false alarm bells in order to receive instant attention. It has to have been one of the dumbest ideas in the history of radio. It’s hard to imagine how grown men and community leaders could have devised such a ridiculous idea. In 1974, Arthur Gropen was hired as the new morning DJ at KIKX-FM in Tucson, Arizona. He and general manager Dennis Forsythe met to think up ways to get Gropen noticed. They settled on a surefire idea to get him into the public spotlight, if not make him into a local household name: Stage his kidnapping.

He was so convincing that he even fooled those who tuned in expecting to see a play about ghosts. Ghostwatch scriptwriter Stephen Volk told a friend to tune into the program and clearly described it as a drama. Yet, upon seeing Parkinson, she quickly assumed that what she 9. The “Documentary” That Fooled England 51 was seeing was real. “One friend of mine, whom I’d told the week before that I had a drama on TV at 9:30 the following Saturday, phoned to tell me that she totally believed it was happening for real.

But sometimes the temptation is too great and they ring false alarm bells in order to receive instant attention. It has to have been one of the dumbest ideas in the history of radio. It’s hard to imagine how grown men and community leaders could have devised such a ridiculous idea. In 1974, Arthur Gropen was hired as the new morning DJ at KIKX-FM in Tucson, Arizona. He and general manager Dennis Forsythe met to think up ways to get Gropen noticed. They settled on a surefire idea to get him into the public spotlight, if not make him into a local household name: Stage his kidnapping.

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