'Breakthrough - Communcations Moments That Changed the World' - Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds

Jack Murray from brand storytelling agency All Good Tales talks about how a radio play terrified America

All Good Tales' breakthrough media moments centre around the idea that one moment can change everything. This week we look at Orson Welles' seminal 1938 radio broadcast, War Of The Worlds.

We all think we know the story of War of the Worlds.  The radio broadcast that induced mass hysteria and panic on the streets.  Citizens convinced that aliens from Mars were invading the continental United States.

The truth however, is very different.  Jack Murray explores the background to Welles’ radio play, his time treading the boards in Ireland and the real reasons the newspapers covered the story the way they did.

The original broadcast is available from the Internet Archive here, along with the script.  

Welles’ press conference the morning afterwards is also worth a look.

Regarding Welles’ time at the Gate Theatre, a TG4 documentary with extensive archive footage and interviews with Welles’ can be seen here.

Have a read of the full column here - http://allgoodtales.com/war-of-the-worlds/