Why is Hollywood seemingly obsessed with the end of the world (or at least civilization)?

War of the Worlds

Introduction

In the 1930’s and 1940’s radio was the main source of home entertainment for many people. Television had been invented in the 20’s, but it didn’t come into the home until the late 40’s. Competing radio networks broadcast comedies and dramas that kept the country amused—and occasionally frightened. Radio was also a major source of news.

Interactivity was primitive—There were no remote controls—so listeners actually had to get up and twist the dial to tune in a station. Since people could not see the actors, Imagination took a leading role in their lives.

In this assignment you will first follow a link to listen to a show broadcast originally on October 30, 1938 by Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theatre on the Air.” It was based on a novel by H.G. Wells called The War of the Worlds. Although it was clearly labeled as a fictional story, this broadcast caused widespread panic, mostly in the Eastern United States.

Some background to keep in mind:

October 30, 1938 was less than a year before the start of World War II in Europe. People’s minds were on the arming for war, as well as the encroachment into Austria and Czechoslovakia, being carried out by Nazi Germany. Fears of invasion and war were building.
The Great Depression was still going on, so many people had already lost hope for a decent future.
Obvious signs that the story was fictional:

–The company called Intercontinental Radio News did not exist.

–Simply twisting the dial to another station would have revealed
that no one else was “covering” a Martian invasion.

–Even today it would not be possible to evacuate 2 million people
from New York in 2 hours.

–Orson Welles’ introduction made it clear that he and his
company were just telling a story.
————————————————————–

War of the Worlds Writing Assignment:

* Step 1: First listen to the Mercury Theatre broadcast at http://www.mercurytheatre.info/Links to an external site.. Just click on the “Real Audio” link for “The War of the Worlds (October 30,1938). If that site is not functioning, try this one: http://archive.org/details/OrsonWelles-MercuryThea… to an external site.. Just find “The War of the Worlds” in the list of programs on the right of the website and click on it.

* Step 2: After listening to the broadcast, pick one of the topics below and write a full-length (around 3-4 pages) essay on it.

Important: Use all the techniques: Paraphrasing, Quoting, Summarizing. You must also useparenthetical references for all borrowed material (quoted or paraphrased). You must have a bibliography (not annotated).

—————————————————————————

Choose one topic:

1) Discuss the public reaction to Welles’ broadcast. Was the basis for it totally irrational–or was it partially understandable? Use some of the resources listed in the Bibliography to support your thoughts.

2) Some reactions to this broadcast called for strict government censorship of the radio. What do you think of this outcry? Does this problem have any contemporary applications, such as television, or . . . ? Should certain parts of the broadcast have been censored? Which ones??

3) When I originally created this topic (January 2010), many movies about a post-apocalyptic world were coming out. There were “2012,” “The Road,” and “The Book of Eli,” all of which dealt with events happening after the world as we know it ends. Now it is past 2013, and the Mayan calendar was wrong about the end of the world. The trend continues this year with “San Andreas”–which focuses on wiping out California.

Why is Hollywood seemingly obsessed with the end of the world (or at least civilization)? Should we be worried? Are there any similarities to the time of the “Martian invasion?” Use details from the 1938 broadcast to support your ideas.

My Homework Nest
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Work with Us

Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers

We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.

Professional and Experienced Academic Writers

We have a team of professional writers with experience in academic and business writing. Many are native speakers and able to perform any task for which you need help.

Free Unlimited Revisions

If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.

Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee

All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.

Original & Confidential

We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.

24/7 Customer Support

Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:
$0.00

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.

Essays

Essay Writing Service

No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.

Admissions

Admission Essays & Business Writing Help

An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.

Reviews

Editing Support

Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.

Reviews

Revision Support

If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.