Arts Council’s War of the Worlds Broadcast Anniversary Examines Parallels to Contemporary Media Concerns
A Tempo Saturday (10/28 at 7 pm) features a conversation with A. Brad Schwartz, whose discussion at the West Windsor Arts Council’s War of the Worlds Anniversary ‘Broadcast Bash,’ will discuss how the Orson Welles’s 1938 Broadcast foreshadowed some of the same concerns about the power of media to spread misinformation being considered today.
Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds into a 1938 Mischief Night live broadcast has become the stuff of legend, and in Central New Jersey, where Welles chose to set the ‘martian invasion,’ part of the local lore. The West Windsor Arts Council will hold a program marking the 85th anniversary this Sunday, including a talk by author and Princeton University PhD Candidate A. Brad Schwartz about the impact of the broadcast on trust in the media and its power to spread information and disinformation. A Tempo host Rachel Katz will speak with Schwartz, as well as with arts council Executive Director Aylin Green, about the talk and the upcoming anniversary event.