If the "War of the Worlds" 1938 radio broadcast was broadcast today would it cause the panic and hysteria it did in 1938 ?
This October 30th marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ radio broadcast in 1938 of H.G.Well’s novel “The War of the Worlds” . Although I don’t think that it would result in the panic it had in 1938 I was wondering if you think it would have a similar impact today ?
When I was in college the college radio station had given about two weeks notice that it would once again broadcast the radio program and , unbelievably , someone fired on a “Martian Walker” with a shotgun while the show was being broadcast . This “Martian Walker” just happened to be a water tower that had been built several decades before and was situated near his home ! When arrested he was found to be in a “Heightened Sense of Awareness” . At least that was what the local newspaper reported .
Anyone have any similar stories , or personal experiences , to share ?
Thanks to those who answer .