'War of the Worlds' at 80: The Social Value of Healthy Media Skepticism

comic representing War of the Worlds radio broadcast

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles staged the original “fake news” — a real-sounding radio drama about an invasion from Mars. This scared some, irritated others and disrupted life for many in America. Join us for a panel discussion titled “'War of the Worlds' at 80: The Social Value of Healthy Media Skepticism," about news, society and the need for facts and rationality.

Panelists include:

• Steven Garry, communication instructor; former TV reporter, broadcasting and public presentation authority.• Cynthia Hawkinson, social science/honors instructor; specialist in technology and urban environment.• Valerie Adams, history instructor; authority in history, American studies and 20th century science and technology.• Alden Weight, social science/honors lecturer; media, religion, public trust and credibility expert.

Join in for a Q&A session after the discussion!

This event is hosted by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts’ Faculty of Social Science, Soapbox student club, the students and faculty of SOC 365, and other ISS, SOC, STS, COM, and HST courses.


Comic photo courtesy of Tim Evanson, Flickr, taken at Museum of the Rockies.

Faculty of Social Science, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Alden Weight
Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Picacho Hall Room 150
Polytechnic campus

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