The Hoax Museum Blog
Category: Mass Delusion
The 1938 Panic Broadcast Revisited
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 30, 2003
The Toronto Star has an article about the 1938 War of the Worlds panic (the anniversary of which is today)... and they quote me in it! The article argues that the mass panic was much smaller than is popularly thought. I'm inclined to agree with this. My reasons are: being familiar with the way in which stories about hoaxes are told, I know that the impact hoaxes make is often exaggerated in order to tell a better story. So it sounds a lot more dramatic to say that one million people panicked in 1938, but the truth is that it was probably only a few thousand.
Return of the Monkey Man
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 22, 2002