Sucker for good storytelling

After listening to the full radio broadcast of the “War of Worlds” I can truly say I fell victim to getting suckered in to believing a story that was clearly false.  When listening to this broadcast the height of suspense, I failed to see all of the clear clues that the story was completely false.

At the beginning of the broadcast, I completely thought it was your typical daily broadcast stating the weather, and any other daily need-to-know info.  The transition from complete normalcy to complete and total chaos was very gradual, and slow pace, leaving the listener no reason to question it.

The broadcasters were very prompt in reiterating their location, and it was structured as though they themselves were finding the information out just as we were, drawing the audience in more.  All of the witnesses, yes, every witness that was interviewed just “happened” to be a highly respected person in society such as a professor, general of the army, or meteorologist. This gave the information credibility to the listeners. 

So the reporters gradually drew us in, structured the broadcast as though they were finding out information just as we were, and had well respected witnesses.  The only thing left to seal the deal was the emotion we heard in the broadcasters’ voices.


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