A 23-year-old actor named Orson Welles dramatized on a radio show this day in 1938 a Martian invasion, terrifying an entire nation of the media-trusting populace. There were rumors of people committing suicide but the reality of this tale which caused the country to be swept in fear is a lasting reminder to how media impacts us.
Fast forward today and spoofs of everything are actually becoming the reality. With politics, its the Jon Stewarts who influence more than the hard news guys. Those that can entertain can influence and media is their playground.
Whether we are in the 1930s in prewar America or in a post-9/11 world the use of story whether with drama or satire works to move the masses. We all love a good story. It may even be that these entertainers have no agenda other than to be story tellers. Unknowingly, they may simply be hooked on the audience being hooked. (Insert wink).
Do you agree that we, even in our media-drenched world, are still suckers for a good story? And do these story tellers influence us with real decisions we make?