As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event was orchestrated and planned to receive maximum public attention, even if the event itself was really unimportant. Pseudo-events merely look important, because the media and the public agree to act as if they are. As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event is not something that happens by...
Very insightful as far as it goes. That fool in the white house came across as a statesman yesterday (not to me, but I'm pretty sure to most Americans) by taking the very reasonable position that we have to pay the debts that the Congress has created. The battle line for us is therefore NOT the debt limit. That puts us in the position of doing exactly what Obozo accused Repubicans of doing, hold the country hostage by refusing to fulfill legal obligations. The battle line is the continuing resolutions and the budget. Republicans should announce that there will be no more continuing resolutions. They should say they will vote for a budget and lay out the conditions under which they will provide those votes.
Watching the American scene in the 1960s, historian Daniel Boorstin, invented the idea of the “pseudo-event.” The rise of television and modern mass media had produced a transformation of the news business, so that what now mattered was not if an event was important, but only if it was “newsworthy.”
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