The Image



The Image First Published In 1962, This Wonderfully Provocative Book Introduced The Notion Of Pseudo Events Events Such As Press Conferences And Presidential Debates, Which Are Manufactured Solely In Order To Be Reported And The Contemporary Definition Of Celebrity As A Person Who Is Known For His Well Knownness Since Then Daniel J Boorstin S Prophetic Vision Of An America Inundated By Its Own Illusions Has Become An Essential Resource For Any Reader Who Wants To Distinguish The Manifold Deceptions Of Our Culture From Its Few Enduring Truths.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Image
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
  • English
  • 17 February 2018
  • 0679741801

10 thoughts on “The Image

  1. Jon Boorstin says:

    My dad wrote this book I remember stamping the pages with a rubber number stamper on our dining room table He d spent ten years on his latest volume of The Americans this he wrote in three months This endures.

  2. Eric_W says:

    5 stars This book should be mandatory reading Boorstin, Librarian of Congress emeritus, is an outstanding social historian who defines pseudo events as events created to promote Generally, these events have no intrinsic newsworthiness They are not spontaneous, they are usually arranged for the convenience of the media, their relationship to reality is ambiguous and they are intended to be self fulfilling.The news media hungers for anything to put in its pages We are besieged with radio, TV, 5 stars This book should be mandatory reading Boorstin, Librarian of Congress emeritus, is an outstanding social historian who defines pseudo events as events created to promote Generally, these events have no intrinsic newsworthiness They are not spontaneous, they are usually arranged for the convenience of the media, their relationship to reality is ambiguous and they are intended to be self fulfilling.The news media hungers for anything to put in its pages We are besieged with radio, TV, 24 hour news, magazines, newspapers, books, each requiring information Events are now planned to occur at the best time for news broadcasts It has become terribly important that something always be happening Pseudo events help fill the vacuum Boorstin is like the little boy who shouts, the emperor has no clothes He helps us to peel away the veneer, the fal...

  3. Ryan Holiday says:

    The central point of the book is so incisive that it not only survived the major technological and cultural shifts of the last 50 years but is made stronger by them Most ofe take as important or news is image and artifice Think aboutpress conferences to announce press conferences, awards, articles about how much money celebrities make, news leaks, news breaks, annual Best of list, press releases, no comment , et al None of it is real As in, if it hadn t been known in advance that they d g The central point of the book is so incisive that it not only survived the major technological and cultural shifts of the last 50 years but is made stronger by them Most ofe take as important or news is image and artifice Think aboutpress conferences to announce press conferences, awards, articles about how much money celebrities make, news leaks, news breaks, annual Best of list, press release...

  4. Owen says:

    Always the play never the thing A superbly titled and entirely prescient book, this one As America s Graphic Revolution was spiraling with television, movies, and other images created for easy consumption, Boorstin wrote about how there is simultaneously muchand much less to everything we see This book was written in 1961, so many of the examples he uses seem so innocuous and quaint compared to what we re accustomed to today Boorstin died in 2004, so how did he not go crazy through Always the play never the thing A superbly titled and entirely prescient book, this one As America s Graphic Revolution was spiraling with television, movies, and other images created for easy consumption, Boorstin wrote about how there is simultaneously muchand much les...

  5. Clif says:

    Good thing Daniel Boorstin is deceased Facebook would send him into despair but it would not surprise him, as it is a logical extension of what this book is all about.The root of the problem he addresses is we demand and expect farthan real life can give, thanks to the illusions that the Graphic Revolution presents to us The Graphic Revolution is the coming of media print, sound, video that allow the creation of the pseudo world, the artificial world that implies that all things are Good thing Daniel Boorstin is deceased Facebook would send him into despair but it would not surprise him, as it is a logical extension of what this book is all about.The root of the problem he addresses is we demand and expect farthan real lif...

  6. Dalana Dailey says:

    This book was written in the 1960s, so it obviously doesn t resonate with me as strikingly as Chris Hedges Empire of Illusion 2009 or Neil Postman s Amusing Ourselves to Death 1985 However, Boorstin does point out trends that were beginning to take America by storm in the 50s and 60s and still persist today These include the changing role of the news media from relaying spontaneous news crime, accidents, governmental proceedings to creating news to be reported press releases, publicity This book was written in the 1960s, so it obviously doesn t resonate with me as strikingly as Chris Hedges Empire of Illusion 2009 or Neil Postman s Amusing Ourselves to Death 1985 However, Boorstin does point out trends that were beginning to take America by storm in the 50s and 60s and still persist today These include the changing role of the news media from relaying spontaneous news crime, accidents, governmental proceedings to creating news to be reported press releases, publicity stunts, interviews, etc the replacement of the hero with the celebrity the replacement of the traveler with the tourist the increasing ubiquity of different forms of art melding into one another books becoming movies becoming television shows, etc the rise of the importance of the public image to both companies and consumers and finally, the reliance on creating an image of America that is suitable for exportation to other countries and suitable for consumption by Americans themselves If I were to...

  7. Missy says:

    I loved reading it and have been enjoying talking about it For a book that was published in the 60s, it was pretty compelling how relevant it is today It puts under the magnifying glass themes such as hero vs celebrity and how we allow daily, hourly, minute to minute information into our lives and try to paint it as meaningful Over saturation makes one common 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 been enjoying talking about it For a book that was published in the 60s, it was pretty compelling how relevant it is today It puts under the magnifying glass themes such as hero vs celebrity and how we allow daily, hourly, minute to minute information into our lives and try to paint it as meaningful Over saturation makes one common Boorstin deconstructs how we travel these days how often we seek to find, if not expect, the comfortable and familiar in places that theoretically should be unfamiliar I can t say how it s 100% a bad thing, per se, but I see his point Thestrenuously and self consciously we work at enlarging our experience, thepervasive the tautology becomes Self consciousness destroys the experience I get that it can ...

  8. Darius says:

    There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, How dull is the world today Nowadays he says, What a dull newspaper says the author This book is Boorstin s diatribe against the promotion of image over reality His denunciation is evenrelevant today, 50 years after it was publish...

  9. G says:

    Provocative though a little get off my lawn.

  10. Megan says:

    As we Americans obsess over fake news and alternative facts in the wake of Trump s presidential election, Daniel Boorstin s 55 year old reflection on the proliferation of pseudo events in American life reminds us that fake is a spectrum, and we re very nearly blind to all but the most extreme end Here, Boorstin awakens us to the artifice of press conferences, debates, opinion polls, leaks, etc etc which we now generally accept as real news If this book were written today, it would almo As we Americans obsess over fake news and alternative facts in the wake of Trump s presidential election, Daniel Boorstin s 55 year old reflection on the proliferation of pseudo events in American life reminds us that fake is a spectrum, and we re very nearly blind to all but the most extreme end Here, Boorstin awakens us to the artifice of press conferences, debates, opinion polls, leaks, etc etc which we now generally accept as real news If this book were written today, it would almost surely fall to our contemporary pressure to present solutions with any societal critique Boorstin refuses, and in fact insists that any attempt to expose pseudo events only results in reinforcing them One of our grand illusions is our belief in a cure There is no cure, he states with depressing fatalism By the end of the book, that fatalism feels well founded 55 years later, the soc...

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