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In a sensible column about the senseless who-shot-john over Beyonce’s rendition of the national anthem at the Inauguration, Tony Norman embeds this nugget:
In his seminal 1961 work “The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America,” the late historian and theorist Daniel J. Boorstin coined a term that described perfectly the postmodern synthesis of politics and the entertainment-friendly choreographing of reality. Boorstin called these non-spontaneous moments that were supposed to look spontaneous “pseudo-events,” because they were elaborate simulations of real things projected onto a larger canvas. These events are tailor-made for broad dissemination in what Boorstin called an “age of contrivance.”
Sounds like a book worth reading.