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.