The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes
McFarland, Oct 19, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 254 pages
History is replete with examples of media-created scares and panics. This book presents more than three dozen studies of media scares from the 17th century to the 21st century, including hoaxes perpetrated via newspapers, radio, television and cyberspace. From the 1835 batmen on the Moon hoax to more recent bird flu scares and Hurricane Katrina myths, this book explores hoaxes that highlight the impact of the media on our lives and its tendency to sensationalize. Most of the hoaxes covered occurred in the United States, though incidents from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia are featured as well. Several are global in scope, revealing the power global media wields.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheBoltChick - LibraryThing
The Martians Have Landed is something of a critique on the press and media. This could have been a wonderfully entertaining book, exposing hoaxes in a fun way. Unfortunately the writing is very uneven ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - prosfilaes - LibraryThing
It's a number of hoaxes, frauds and panics. There's some interesting sections, but many of them I'd turn to Wikipedia for more detail, and the writing's irregular and not up to snuff. As a work to ... Read full review