Wednesday, June 22, 2005

‘War Of The Worlds’ Could Set Off Alien Panic

DARWIN, Australia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Steven Spielberg’s upcoming War of the Worlds remake may indirectly cause a war on this world.

Robert Bartholomew, an expert on mass delusion, believes modern day copycat radio broadcasts of Orson Wells’ 1938 War of the Worlds – which convinced listeners aliens had landed in the U.S. – could have the same effect as the original.

Bartholomew says similar broadcasts have been aired in the U.S., Chile, Ecuador and Portugal over the years, triggering mass panic and, in some cases, causing deaths.

Bartholomew believes a similar situation could occur again if a radio station decides to make a new broadcast.

He doesn’t expect modern listeners will believe aliens have invaded, but something more subtle.

The broadcasts have always started with a crash of some sort, and in light of the Sept. 11 attacks, Bartholomew believes modern listeners might conclude the crash is a terrorist attack.

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