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War of the Worlds to Social Media

Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis

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Edited By Joy Elizabeth Hayes, Kathleen Battles and Wendy Hilton-Morrow

Seventy-five years after the infamous broadcast, does War of the Worlds still matter? This book answers with a resounding yes! Contributors revisit the broadcast event in order to reconsider its place as a milestone in media history, and to explore its role as a formative event for understanding citizens’ media use in times of crisis. Uniquely focused on the continuities between radio’s «new» media moment and our contemporary era of social media, the collection takes War of the Worlds as a starting point for investigating key issues in twenty-first-century communication, including: the problem of misrepresentation in mediated communication; the importance of social context for interpreting communication; and the dynamic role of listeners, viewers and users in talking back to media producers and institutions. By examining the «crisis» moment of the original broadcast in its international, academic, technological, industrial, and historical context, as well as the role of contemporary new media in ongoing «crisis» events, this volume demonstrates the broad, historical link between new media and crisis over the course of a century.

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A Al Jazeera, 127, 191, 196, 198-200, 202, 204, 228 Arab Spring, 13, 182, 189-191, 194, 196- 197, 199, 203-206, 211, 213-214, 216, 221, 225 audience, 1, 3-14, 19, 21-24, 26, 28-32, 37, 57, 59, 61-62, 67, 69, 71, 76-78, 88, 92-99, 113, 118, 126-131, 133-141, 145-148, 151-152, 155, 165-177, 179- 182, 190-191, 195, 197, 201, 206, 214- 216, 218, 229-230, 237, 260-262, 267- 269, 275-276 listener, 2, 7-11, 13, 19-32, 36-37, 39- 40, 42, 52, 58-64, 67, 69, 71-78, 84-91, 96-97, 99-100, 109,111, 113-114, 116- 119, 125, 129-130, 133, 137-139, 141, 145, 147-156, 158-161, 171-172, 199, 239 user, 1-4, 11-15, 145, 149, 159,165- 166, 174-182, 192-193, 197, 202, 211- 214, 229-230, 237, 239-240, 242-253, 257-263, 265-270, 272-275, 277 viewer, 2, 10, 93, 172-173, 199-200, 216, 260 B BBC, 10, 71-79, 92, 94-97, 191, 196, 198, 200, 204-205, 246 World Service, 125-131, 140 body, 11, 143-144, 155-160 disembodied, 10, 61 embodiment, 10, 143, 153-158, 160 genre, 10, 154-156, 160-161 grotesque, 154-155, 161 bomb scare. see scare, bomb Broadcasting from the Barricades, 57-58, 71-79 C CBS, 20-22, 27-28, 30, 32, 35-36, 38, 40, 46, 52, 72, 87, 90, 94, 109, 111-112, 126, 147, 150-151, 156, 173 D-Day Invasion coverage, 10, 109-123 CNN, 127, 152, 173, 181, 183, 191, 196, 198, 200, 204, 245-246 campaigns. see political campaigns Cantril, Hadley, 7, 21, 23, 29, 31, 35-39, 41- 52, 79, 88, 92, 94, 96-100 censorship, 60-67, 75, 202, 215-216, 220, 225 checking up. see critical abilities, checking up citizen, citizenship, 2,...

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