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n. Informal
An event that has been caused to occur or staged to engender press coverage and public interest: "Polls have become the quintessential pseudo-events of the preprimary campaign" (Edward M. Kennedy).
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Lloyd is brother of Dave Purcell, the protagonist and producer of another pseudo-event in Rare Birds.
Separation of event, or pseudo-event, and image is tricky at the best of times.
Boorstin's concept of the pseudo-event seems a particularly suggestive parallel to the narrator's rambling apologia.
Politicians' religious events attendance becomes therefore a potential pseudo-event for journalists to write about or broadcast in the media.
From Badiou's perspective, 9/11 is a pseudo-event or a simulacrum.
Although immediately exposed as a staged pseudo-event, the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue lives on as television, broadcast when necessary to represent Iraq's liberation; the battle for Fallujah was the iconic Los Angeles Times photograph of a 20-year-old Marine dubbed the "Marlboro Man" for his battle-stained face and dangling cigarette.
Among other characteristics, the distinguishing feature of a pseudo-event is that it is planned for the primary purpose of making news.
EdeC readers should note that much of the hoopla surrounding the pseudo-event can be traced back to a senior advisor to then-Opposition leader Jean Chretien.
Bernays, the public relations pioneer who perfected the art of the clandestinely manufactured, ready-to-air pseudo-event, and who helped "engineer consent" for clients such as NBC, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, and Calvin Coolidge, among others.
Yet, in a more realistic sense, the final episode was nothing more than a pseudo-event, though it eclipsed, by far, another pseudo-event that occurred on that very same evening, namely, the sale at Sotheby's in New York City of Andy Warhol's "Orange Marilyn" for $17.
Isn't every conference of academics or activists a little pseudo-event, dominated by the performances of celebrities on the dais, by the stars of High Culture firmaments?
Is the increasing degree of promotionalism in political life (for instance the soundbite, the pseudo-event, the orchestrated party conference, the emphasis on the telegenic) a threat to rational debate and decision-making?