It came from a friend of a friend : media-spread urban legends

CLARKE, David (2011). It came from a friend of a friend : media-spread urban legends. In: BATHOLOMEW, Robert E. and RADFORD, Benjamin, (eds.) The Martians have landed! : a history of media-driven panics and hoaxes. Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland & co Inc, 130-155.

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History is replete with examples of media-created scares and panics. This book presents more than three dozen studies of media scares from the 17th century to the 21st century, including hoaxes perpetrated via newspapers, radio, television and cyberspace. From the 1835 batmen on the Moon hoax to more recent bird flu scares and Hurricane Katrina myths, this book explores hoaxes that highlight the impact of the media on our lives and its tendency to sensationalize. Most of the hoaxes covered occurred in the United States, though incidents from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia are featured as well. Several are global in scope, revealing the power global media wields.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Page Range: 130-155
Depositing User: David Clarke
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 10:28
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 20:30

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