First published in , this wonderfully provocative book introduced the notion of “pseudo-events”—events such as press conferences and presidential debates . introduced the notion of “pseudo-events”—events such as press conferences It is the book to end all books about ‘The American Image’—what it is, who. THE IMAGE. A Guide to Pseudo Events. in America. DANIEL J. BOORSTIN. From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo‑Events. ADMIRING.

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The citizen can hardly be expected to assess the reality when the participants themselves are so often unsure who is doing the deed and who is making the report of it. The video viewer, his eyes fixed alternately on the General and on an enthusiastic crowd, his ears filled with a breathless narrative emphasizing the interplay of crowd and celebrity could not fail to receive an impression of continuous dramatic pageantry.

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin

Tk like it was written in the last year rather than the 60s. Professor Boorstin looks at how our world is presented to us, flaked, formed, and processed to fit an image–of our country, a politician, a best-seller, an actor, a product–of just about anything, actually. Second, that the aa tend to prefer reality to sham, that if offered a choice between a simple truth and a contrived image, they will prefer the truth.

We expect to be rich and charitable, powerful and merciful, active and reflective, kind and competitive.

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America

However, he quickly turned into a mere celebrity whose every movement was reported. In order to “fill the gap,” news corporations report what Boorstin calls “pseudo-events. The politician like F. Topics of speculation multiplied. Society does not get off easy in this book, nor should it. Nearly everything we do to enlarge our world, to make life more interesting, more varied, more exciting, more vivid, more “fabulous,” more promising, in the long run has an opposite effect.


Feb 26, Megan rated it really liked it. Need I mention the common “chandelier window” on so many recently built houses that serves no purpose but image building?

Despite being perhaps a little overreaching in some of his diagnoses, Boorstin is undoubtedly right as to the effects such things are having on the average person’s pseudp-events to celebrities, to world travel, to foreign nations in general, and to the self. What does that even mean?

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Following others on Facebook has replaced seeing people in the flesh. It required a synthetic product. That automatically made a bulletin and required a new lead for the story on the debate.

The people must be informed! Originally pseudo-evnets inThe Image is really an extended description of what images have done to society, how they have changed attitudes and perspectives and even whole ways of living. The book should always take precedence over the movie. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview. Its interest arises largely from this very ambiguity.

And so it goes with everything. A prolific writer, Daniel Boorstin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular works in American Studies. By necessity they must die, be mythologized and their human frailties forgotten in order to become heroic. They are nothing but ourselves seen in a magnifying mirror. The news gap soon became so narrow that in order to have additional “news” for each new edition or each new broadcast it was necessary to plan in advance the stages by which any available news would be unveiled.

The sunlight that brought light amerrica healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. See things for what they are, not what they are sold as. Even those who hated him became his best a,erica. We become more and more confused about our desires in an ever expanding economy where products are always remoter from primitive needs.


PR Watch has numerous examples of the technique at: I, in a sense, generated the news.

Written by a consensus historian inThe Image describes how Americans in the late 19th and 20th centuries created a “graphic revolution” in which images held prominence over ideals, truths, and meaning.

It is the report that gives the event its force in the minds of potential customers. What ails us most is not what we have done with America, but what we have substituted for America.

Within the last hundred years, however, and especially in the twentieth century, all this has changed.

It used to be people traveled to experience a different culture or way of life or language. Brands sell advertisements about inspirations and images. Overall I recommend this book as a skimmer, as the scholastic, academic approach to the topic was a bit much. Apr 23, G rated it really liked it Shelves: We must discover our illusions before we boostin even realize that we have been sleepwalking.

Our progress poisons the sources of our experience. Our problem is the harder to solve because it is created by people working honestly and industriously at respectable jobs. Tourism largely replaced traveling as as safe, predictable alternative, although the contrivance of the experience stripped it of most of its meaning and importance.

I will say more on this later. Oct 30, Ross rated it liked it.

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