Before YouTube or Facebook, one man showed us what it meant to be “liked”. On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles directed a radio production of War of the Worlds. “The panic” that ensued was easily the world’s first viral media event. It was a broadcast that changed the way we view the media and its impact on our lives.
Citizen Kane was a game-changer not just because of its message about the influence of media, but also because of how it shaped film production.
Orson Welles’ unconventional approach to everything he did set a standard that even today’s media giants cannot ignore. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck recently shared this on Facebook:
A. Brad Schwartz, author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, tells us why, after nearly 80 years, these projects are still an important part of American history.
In Part 2 of our conversation, we’ll talk about Citizen Kane–why critics say its the greatest film ever made, and its impact on Cinema.
To Be Continued…