Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Night America Trembled 1957 - H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds

October is the 75th anniversary of the CBS broadcast of the War of the Worlds radio adaptation. The parallels with the 9/11 media event are striking and, in my estimation, was a precursor.

Media in those days didn't offer the unlimited choices that we have today. The other "competing" popular radio station that the majority of people would have tuned in to that particular evening,just so happened to be featuring a largely unpopular singer which resulted in many people switching over at the opportunistic moment when the War of the Worlds broadcast was just beginning to hit it's terror-inducing stride.

Many myths of people committing suicide and "dying from fright" surround the hoax but it seems fairly clear that there was a large number of people who were,nonetheless,greatly disturbed by the broadcast.

This original broadcast features some real talent, as opposed to the many lousy actors of 9/11. Listening to the original recording,it is clear that the War of the Worlds broadcast, 75 years ago, was crafted to induce fear and to gauge the reaction of the American populous within a mass mind control experiment.

It's fairly easy to understand how someone could be suckered in if they had turned on their radios to the broadcast after the introduction and were drawn in by the expert voice talent as they precisely recreated a news broadcast of that era.

For those of us who don't subscribe to the "Coincidence Theory of Everything", will find it interesting that William S. Paley, chief executive who built Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), served in the psychological warfare branch in the Office of War Information, under General Dwight Eisenhower, and held the rank of colonel. Wackpedia

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