Let’s take a minute to appreciate how awesome police mugshots were in the 1920s.
According to Slate almost nobody was fooled by Orson Welles’ 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast. It did not trigger a nationwide hysteria. Few Americans listened. Even fewer panicked.
Janet Jackson’s 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” remains far more significant in the history of broadcast regulation than Orson Welles’ trickery.
The myth of the War of the Worlds panic
This story makes a lot more sense to me now.
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story.
Every news outlet should dedicate a regular slot or column to looking back at old news and how it was reported.
Orthodoxy, of whatever colour, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy, and when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.
This week, we check out OkCupid, the dating site with a propensity for data research. Alexis sits with Christian Rudder about how he and the SparkNotes founders went from study guides to an online dating network — and from there, how the startup functions after being purchased by Match.com owners IAC.