“This fascinating volume traces the rich themes of new media, crisis and interactivity from the War of the Worlds broadcast to now, but even more importantly, these smart and engaged essays demonstrate strikingly just how well carefully researched media history can illuminate the present.”

—David Goodman, University of Melbourne

“As a whole the book represents a thoughtful read for anyone who wants to dig a bit deeper, and a wonderful resource for those who want to stimulate debate in a class or reading group. The authors convincingly show that a historical grasp is essential to understand contemporary issues in the present, and that the narratives of the past can disguise just as much as they reveal.”

—Tim Wall, Birmingham City University

“In this wonderful collection, the War of the Worlds broadcast represents, variously, the founding object of study in an emerging communication industrial complex, a training tool for covering twenty-first century wars, and a template for understanding crisis communications ever since. A must-read for anyone interested in the symbiotic relationship between new communication technologies and the crises they mediate.”

—Jason Loviglio, University of Maryland, Baltimore County