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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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In fact, if the election moves according to the latest polls, the anniversary of not the actual event or investigation Jan Kuciak's and Martina Kuscaronniacuterova murder will almost certainly receive more international coverage than a #268aputova presidential victory.With all due respect to the deceased (they were innocent young people cut down in their prime), an anniversary is what is known in news as a "pseudo-event", whereby an election is an actual event.
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.
While Raiford looks to Guy Debord's notion of the spectacle to provide the theoretical backbone for this chapter, it seems that Daniel Boorstin's notion of a "pseudo-event" would have been an equally compelling, if not U.
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.) To make sense of this question, one would need to go beyond outside understandings of risk society and consider what a genuine political event can be.
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.
Moreover, as Boorstin remarked, by the 1960s, "the making of illusions which flood our experience" was "the business of America." What is presented as news can be a manufactured "kind of synthetic novelty": a "pseudo-event." 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.
Boorstin in The Image (1962) described the growing displacement of "authentic" aspects of culture and its postmodern replacement by the "image," the replica, the "pseudo-event," and the inauthentic.
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.