Belgium has its own “War of the Worlds”

December 15, 2006

In a time when journalism and entertainment become ever more entwined, when “reality tv” forever mixes up the distinctions between fiction and non-fiction, and when video games get so realistic that you get physically tired playing them (as in my Wii), it is intriguing to see how fake newscasts can still generate a “war of the worlds” reaction.

A TV station in Belgium reported that the country was splitting up between Dutch speaking Flanders and French speaking Wallonia. The hoax was not well received. But it did create quite an uproar.

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