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 new power to report and portray what had happened was a new temptation leading newsmen to make probable images or to prepare reports in advance of what was expected to happen. Just as everybody likes to see his name in the giide, so nearly everybody likes to think that he can be seen or still better, with the aid of videotape, actually can see himself on television. Jul 11, Clif rated it really liked it. Boorstin deconstructs how we travel these days – how often we seek to find, if not expect, the comfortable and familiar in places tha I loved reading it and have giide enjoying talking about it.

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

Yet to Boorstin these things are symptomatic of the phoniness he sees everywhere around him. The pitfalls are evident in the home front and abroad. If there were not many intriguing or startling occurrences, it was no fault of the reporter. By the interview technique he incites a public figure to make statements which will sound like news.

We live in a self-referential world of images, of pseudo-news packaged “news” instead of spontaneous eventsof celebrities that are known for being known, of “adventure” vacations that are packaged so that nothing unexpected will happen.

Who is the history, and who is the historian? Pseudo-events spawn more pauses-events; soon we have commentators who comment on these and so on and so forth. No rest for the newsman. If the people are not free, it is not the land of the free.


The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America

The propaganda lie is asserted as if it were true. The Image begins by noting that Americans have “extravagant expectations” when it comes to their news consumption.

There is americaa value in this book; the criticisms he levels against American culture are still stinging more than fifty years on.

Still more revolutionary were the new techniques for making direct images of nature. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This can be a very pervasive practice.

Consistent though across all the chapters is the idea that America was the book was written in becoming less focused on who we are or what we hope to be and increasingly on how we are perceived.

But ever since the establishment of the Congressional Record under its present title inour only ostensibly complete report of what goes on in Congress has had no more than the faintest resemblance to what is actually said there.

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Can we conjure others to live there too? Both government officials and reporters have felt the need for more flexible and more ambiguous modes of communication between them.

The headlines would trumpet, “Mystery witness sought! Take a “safari” in total safety with boorstjn unexpected encounters. Plato’s Socratic dialogues, written more than years ago, largely dealt with the difference between appearance and reality. Or, if you prefer, Faux News! Public Relations as a profession peeudo-events and it is unthinkable for anyone who is someone to not to have a PR consultant or speech writers.

Instead they themselves built up images. By necessity they must die, be mythologized and their human frailties forgotten in order to become heroic.


Every American knows the anticipation with which he picks up his morning newspaper at breakfast or opens his evening paper before dinner, or listens to the newscasts every hour on the hour as he drives across country, or watches his favorite commentator on television interpret the events of the day. Of important note, this book was written in the years following the Presidential Electionwhere many commentators have noted that Kennedy’s appearance and demeanor on the first televised presidential debate may have swung the election.

Apparently the most newsworthy fact was that the President had not stuck to his prepared text.

Vintage Books- History – pages. Before you start hero-worshipping them, ask yourself if they are not simply entertainers, and if they are truly worthy of the word “hero. Its success is measure by how widely it is reported. The telegraph was perfected and applied to news reporting in the ‘s and ’40’s. Now more and more people travel, yet are influenced less. She cited it for its influence on Baudrillard and other French philosophers, an early attempt to make sense of a world where representations had triumphed over reality.

Reader’s Digest has perfected the form to the point where articles are “planted” in magazines so they can be digested in its publication. It is the menace of the unreality. We do not learn parental virtues; instead we are prompted on how to “play the role of” parents.

We want to read digests, summaries or abridged versions of everything; then we want watch the movie adaptation of novels. Boorstin introduces the idea of a “pseudo-event”, the event created for the purpose of coverage.