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Brian Hague
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One of our school texts in fifth grade printed the radio broadcast in full, so my friend Andy and I made a giant cardboard radio and sat behind it, reading aloud from the book to the class and playing the different roles in different voices. Andy had the part of the Professor who ends the broadcast with a long, sustained monologue describing his travels across the lands destroyed by the Martian landers. 

How someone could hear that narration and think that they were still listening to a real time radio broadcast is a mystery to me. The broadcast clearly affirms itself as a work of fiction at the beginning, a few times in the middle, and again, all throughout the end. Another one of those cases where you have to WANT to believe you're experiencing something you really aren't.

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How someone could hear that narration and think that they were still listening to a real time radio broadcast is a mystery to me. The broadcast clearly affirms itself as a work of fiction at the beginning, a few times in the middle, and again, all throughout the end. Another one of those cases where you have to WANT to believe you're experiencing something you really aren't.

Since the Welles broadcast was structured as if it was a normal evening of programming, the illusion depended on when a listener tuned in. Those who came in AFTER the opening, and who were too terrified to stick around for disclaimers, bought into it as the real deal--exactly as young Orson intended.

Oddly enough, it has become popular of late to dismiss the "panic", saying it never happened, despite contemporary newspaper headlines that reported on it.

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I remember the Orson Wells version being given away
free on cd or cassette, possibly with a Sunday
Newspaper in the UK, late 80`s early 90`s.Watched the
BBC version last night, but after a day at work and a
couple of vods, i fell asleep half way through!Caught
up with the rest on I-Player this morning...it was ok,
i don`t think they needed to include "modern" issues
that were not in the original, but that seems to be
the default BBC practice nowadays.I think the Jeff
Wayne musical version has spoiled me, i kept thinking
"Oh that`s maybe the David Essex character, or that`s
the Richard Burton one"Also, some of the images
reminded me of the panted images in the album cover
art!I will keep watching, as it wasn`t bad enough to
stop me, plus Sunday night tv is pretty rubbish at the
monent, and i have no desire to see Caitlyn Jenner
eating kangaroo testicles.

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Thousands of people fled their homes and packed into parks or under bridges. Police phones were jammed with calls. Funny how in a relatively short period of time people can disregard the proof of the past. It's not like this took place in the 1700's or something.

I remember the "mass hysteria" of WAR being used many times over as a reference, for many movie and tv shows.
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There is a tendency to forget the exact time and place of the Welles broadcast. 1939. October. What would become the Second World War had already started in Europe, and tensions were high in the US. Altho we, as a Nation, were determined never again to involve ourselves in "foreign wars", there was widespread apprehension that invaders might arrive upon our shores at any moment.
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Hitler even had a remark about the incident as "evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy."
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I tried watching, but it had too much modern BBCness injected into it. 
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