Six 1962 Daniel Boorstin Quotes That Presaged 2016
I originally read Boorstin's 1962 book "The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America" for its insights into the rituals of tourism, but I've recently come to realize how prescient it was in anticipating the aura of mediated life in 2016. http://rolfpotts.com/six-1962-daniel-boorstin-quotes/
- •1. “When truth has been displaced by believability, discovering facts is less important than inventing statements."
- •2. “We have willingly been misled into believing that fame — well-knownness — is still a hallmark of greatness."
- •3. "Stereotypes simplify. They narrow and limit experience in an emotionally satisfying way.”
- •4. “The rise of on-the-spot TV news isn't about covering events so much as creating more and better pseudo-events.”
- •5. “The more we seek only what ‘interests’ us, the more we exclude the jarring, exotic world beyond our ken."
- •6. “True heroes tend to be anonymous: Their virtues are not the product of our effort to fill our void."