American historian Daniel Boorstin.

Daniel Boorstin

(1914 - 2004)

Inspired by the presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, Daniel Boorstin wrote his work of sociology The Image, in which he invented the term “pseudo-event” to describe incidents staged solely for the sake of publicity. He received a Pulitzer Prize for The Democratic Experience in 1974, accepting the following year the post of the Librarian of Congress, which he held until 1987.

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The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sightseeing.”

—Daniel Boorstin, 1961

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