Socolow connects War of the Worlds panic, media literacy in WABI interview

WABI (Channel 5) talked with Michael Socolow, director of the University of Maine’s McGillicuddy Humanities Center, about Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds,” noting that at that time, radio was the social media of its day. “We should apply media literacy and think about things critically. That was important in 1938 when people thought this mass of crowds were in the streets but it’s really important in 2020. Media literacy really matters,” Socolow said. Socolow was also interviewed for the Oct. 27 episode of “Professor Buzzkill History Podcast.”