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Week 4: Media Hoaxes, pt. 2: War of the Worlds



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Week 4: Media Hoaxes, pt. 2: War of the Worlds

Tuesday, Sept 15

  • Listen to the War of the Worlds broadcast (59’19”)

  • Watch American Experience, War of the Worlds (52’10”)

  • Listen to Radiolab: “War of the Worlds” (62’25”)

  • LitWeb: Getting Started

In class: citation discussion



Come to class with notes on how the original broadcast establishes a convincing tone. Then, take notes on specific techniques used in the video and audio documentaries to convey information and make a claim. How are they different? How the same?

Thursday, Sept 17

  • The Takeaway, “The Art of Fake News: How ‘War of the Worlds’ Changed Media Forever.”

  • Jeffrey Pooley and Michael J. Socolow, “The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic”

  • Little Seagull, R3, W4, MLA D&E

Blog post (by Thursday at 8am): Summarize the debate between between Pooley and Socolow, The Takeaway and either Radiolab or American Experience. Which do you find most convincing, and why? Include proper MLA citations.
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