Everything you need to understand or teach The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin.
The Image takes a bold look at the political, social, and psychological impacts of "pseudo-events", or those events that create a false sense of reality. Daniel Boorstin examines how these events originated in and have been shaped by the media as well as the specific cultural dynamics of America.
Boorstin asserts America's cultural expectations of the world including "what the world holds" and "our power to shape the world" underlies the propensity to develop pseudo-events, which create even grander expectations. Boorstin continues by claiming the media has played a large role in the creation of pseudo-events. He describes the various aspects of pseudo-events and how they function. He concludes the first chapter by exploring the use of pseudo-events in politics, including Joseph McCarthy's use of morning press conferences to announce an afternoon press conference.
In the next section, Boorstin analyzes pseudo-events at the individual level. In particular, he...
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America Lesson Plans contain 138 pages of teaching material, including: