29 October 2006

Fooling All of the People Some of the Time




On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles directed the Mercury Theatre on the Air in a dramatization of “War of the Worlds,” based on the H. G. Wells novel. Welles set the events in then-contemporary locations (the landing spot for the Martian invasion, Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, was chosen at random with a New Jersey road map) and dramatized it in the style of a musical program interrupted by news bulletins, complete with eye-witness accounts.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars…”

War of the Worlds and the art of public deception

People are always terrified of what they don't understand. The more foreign and dangerous you can make something sound, the more terrified they will become. For the sake of an imaginary fear our President has ordered the slaughter of thousands, destroyed homes, and taken unto himself powers that should only reside with the people and their representatives in Congress.

In a few days, we get to decide if we want to go on being terrorized or take back the decision making and freedoms that belong to We The People.

4 comments:

Anon-Paranoid said...

If only we could Jamie. Unfortunately I'm very pessimistic about that. I guess we'll have too wait and see.

God Bless.

colorado bob said...

Thanks for the comment, I'm going to save it and delete it post. The comments there , show up on TYKO. Both sites are on the same Halo Scan account. and code at TYKO is telling CB comments to show at TYKO.

Jamie said...

CBob,

Play around all you like. That's why I use my nickname on line and only give out my junk email. No problems.

Steve said...

Thanks for the link, Hooking your way too!