January 21st, 2009

Something Wicked

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Someone recently put up a youtube video in which she was looking for a guy she had met briefly. It has been found out as a hoax to sell menswear. Apparently this is alright because (says the marketing company) "At the beginning of the 20th century there was a novel [by H. G. Wells] called War Of The Worlds and, when War Of The Worlds became a radio show, people actually thought the world was under attack and they didn't actually reveal that it was just a radio show."

Right. I can see how that broadcast 70 years ago justifies this, as opposed to a) being mostly irrelevant and b) the relevant bits actually showing why this is a bad idea.

However, it should also be pointed out that the radio broadcast did come with plenty of disclaimers, and reports of widespread panic were sensationalised greatly. Because of a popular program on a different station, quite a few people came in late and missed the initial disclaimers, but that isn't quite the same.