25 Mar 2014 Published by: Posted in: Uncategorized

The role of mass media, such as movies, in influencing the minds and perceptions of people has long been recognized. Even in the 1930s, when the technology for such media were still new, many saw how these can shape the way people react to long-standing conditions. One good example of such phenomena is the panic by many Americans caused by the radio broadcast by Orson Welles of the “War of The Worlds.” This was an adaptation of the book penned by H.G. Wells.

A context of the situation: according to the Historyabout website, radio braodcasting during the 1930s was the main means of disseminating news and entertainment items for Americans.

In 1938, many Americans tuned into their radios only to hear a radio broadcast of what seemed to be an actual invasion by aliens. The broadcast was made on a Sunday evening, October 30. As mentioned by the HistoryAbout website, the broadcast of “War of The Worlds” had coincided with the airing of the “Chase and Sanborn Hour,” which had featured ventriloquy performances by Edgar Bergen’s dummy Charlie McCarthy. As quoted by Cruz in a Time Magazine article, the broadcast opened with the following lines pertaining to the discovery by a professor at an Illinois observatory of “several explosions of incandescent gas” on the surface of Mars. The gas was reportedly observed to be moving to Earth.

These lines were further followed by so-called accounts of alien attacks in New Jersey and in another farm. According to Cruz,Americans throughout the East Coast of the United States went out to the streets, some to go to church, presumably to pray for their deliverance. Others went to their loved ones, hoping to be with them in what seemed to be an apocalyptic moment for many, said Cruz.

But how did the broadcast came about?

According to Cruz, it was agreed upon that the broadcast of “War of the Worlds” be divided into two. The first part would consist of musical pieces. These would be then succeeded by what seemed to be actual news bulletins of alien attacks. Unfortunately, as Cruz mentioned, many had missed the first part and had only listened to the second part. Hence the panic. Subsequently, angry calls were made by listeners to the CBS office even as rumors of the alien invasion remained throughout the country. However, the panic made Welles a star instead of a “traitorous” culprit, says Cruz.

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25 Mar 2014 Published by: Posted in: Uncategorized

Becoming a writer was not the first thing that came to mind when I was growing up, I wanted to be something else which I could not quite remember. But there was a crucial turning point in my life that made me say ‘I want to become a writer’. At that time, I was in a point in my life where I had a decent job, but I felt like I was supposed to be doing something else. That feeling lingered for quite some time, three years to be exact. I decided to take a leave of absence from my job and travel to Asia for three months. That trip made me realize what I really wanted to do in my life. After returning from that trip I had three clear reasons as to why I wanted to shift from my current job to becoming a full-time writer.

3 Reasons Why I Became a Writer

Self-Expression

Looking back, ever since I was a child I liked writing in a journal. I did not care what I wrote I just wrote things on my journal and kept it a secret from everyone else. No one else knew about my journal and where I put it. These writings contained my thoughts, random scribbles, and some stories I wrote. In my journal, I was able to be who I wanted to be. I saved damsels in distress, fought space wars, or became Luke Skywalker. There was no one there to judge me, I transformed into anyone I wanted and said all the things I wanted to say. Writing gave me the avenue to express myself and the deepest thoughts that I had in mind. From childhood to now, I still feel the same way. It all just came back to me and came together at the right time. I am glad I made the decision to become a writer. I do not know what I would be doing if I stuck with my job for another year or so.

Creative Control

I like having creative control in the things that I do that is what writing gave to me. I created my own worlds and filled it with the people I wanted. I formed and shaped the characters of the stories I wrote and I loved it. I knew my characters inside and out, knew their darkest thoughts and their motivations. I was thrilled to create whatever I wanted through writing. The creative control that writing gave me liberated me from the monotony of daily life. Through writing I made things more interesting than they actually are. I was able to put motivations in, create character flaws, make twists, and make the most minute of details important to the grand scheme of things.

Bored Out of My Mind

I decided to take a turn from my current job because I was bored out of my mind. I was tired of doing the same thing over and over again, dealing with the same people, same problems, and same outcomes. I wanted a fresh start and something that I have more creative control over. I was doing OK with my job, getting promoted, earning some money, but something was missing from the daily grind. It took a while for me to realize that I wanted to do something else than collect a paycheck every month.

I can honestly say that the transition was not smooth, but I found my new career in writing far more rewarding compared to my previous job. There are days when I get bored or run into a creative bump, but the thought of doing something else never crossed my mind again.

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