The fading of a media myth?

Originally posted on Media Myth Alert:
Could it be that Halloween’s greatest media myth — the notion that a radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds stirred widespread panic and mass hysteria — is fading away? The question arises because in the run-up to Halloween, news reports that credulous invoke the myth have seemed far fewer than in recent years. (See here and here for a couple of head-shaking exceptions.) Orson Welles The question is especially intriguing because tonight marks the 80th anniversary of what has been called the “panic broadcast.” It’s one of those round-number anniversaries that could… Continue reading The fading of a media myth?