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The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Boorstin states that the Graphic Revolution played a large role in the development of pseudo-events. However, it is also clear that the Graphic Revolution provided several benefits to the culture. Should there be a process for discussing the impacts of new advancements? Why or why not? What factors should be discussed in that process?

Boorstin suggests that part of our difficulty with foreign relations is because of our desire to have other peoples accept the illusions that we have created. Do you think this is true? Why or why not? What are the implications for foreign and domestic policy? What are the personal implications of dealing with our own illusions?

As a result of the prevalence of pseudo-events, Boorstin suggests Americans have become more removed from direct experience. What are the benefits and negatives of abstract versus concrete thinking?

In the book, Democracy is listed as one of the driving forces in the commoditization and subsequent devaluation of art, literature, and travel. Should all people be granted access to these things? Why or why not? Is it possible to provide all people access without the objects being de-valued?

Is it ethical to use Muzak in places of business to increase worker productivity or sales of products? Why or why not? What limits, if any, should be placed on the use of Muzak?

What does the modern day hero look like? In what ways can society support movement towards heroes instead of celebrities? Who are your heroes and why?

Which is less ethical, the use of propaganda techniques like those implied by Hitler, or the use of pseudo-events?

Can celebrities also be heroes? Why or why not?

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