What is Fiction? (ft. War of the Worlds) | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

What IS fiction? That’s the question that popped into our minds when thinking about Orson Welles’ radio War of the Worlds performance, which set off a public panic of listeners who thought NJ was truly being attacked by aliens. Now those aliens didn’t really exist, since it was all pretend. But on the other hand, they did (and do) KIND OF exist. They can be described, referenced, and can have as much veracity to people as physical objects. And the worlds created in fiction can contain REAL things – cars, people, New Jersey. Can something both exist and not exist? Whoa. Maybe you should watch the episode.

It’s OK To Be Smart – Science Fiction As Science Fact:

PBS Digital Studios – A Solitary World:

Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.

Jeffery Goodman footnote:

Other Sources:
HG’s War of the Worlds – http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds
Orson’s War of the Worlds- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Fiction – http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/fiction/
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Modal Realism – http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-realism/
Dale Jacquette – Meinongian Logic
Saul Kripke – Naming and Necessity
Alberto Voltolini – How Ficta Follow Fiction

Comment links:



“Europe” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Carry on Carillon” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Level 5: Room for the Homeless
“Bouncy Castle” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“:P” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Binaerpilot “Geeks”
“Squarehead” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Chiptune – Kenzalol


Tweek of the Week:

Come hang out in the Idea Channel IRC!

Check out the Idea Channel SubReddit!

And the Idea Channel Facebook page!

Support Idea Channel on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/pbsideachannel

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
Tweet at us! @pbsideachannel (yes, the longest twitter username ever)
Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com
Idea Channel Facebook!
Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
Made by Kornhaber Brown (http://www.kornhaberbrown.com)

Want some more Idea Channel?

What’s The Deal With Unboxing Videos?

Why Do We Hate Selfies?

Is Avatar: The Last Airbender Anime?

Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.

Rating What is Fiction? (ft. War of the Worlds) | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios is 5.0 / 5 Votes: 5
Please wait...