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Daniel J. Boorstin

Datum narození: 1. říjen 1914
Datum úmrtí: 28. únor 2004

Daniel Joseph Boorstin byl americký historik, právník, spisovatel a esejista židovského původu. Byl profesorem historie na Univerzitě v Cambridge. Celosvětově proslul především knihou The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America z roku 1962, kde nastolil tezi, že média pokřivují realitu informováním o tzv. pseudoudálostech, tedy událostech, které by se bez existence médií a jejich zájmu nestaly . Termín pseudoudálost se pak stal velmi užívaný v kritice médií, byl však i terčem kritiky ze strany mediálních teoretiků . Boorstin v knize především sledoval, jak se pod vlivem médií obraz události stává mnohem důležitější než událost sama, čímž předjímal pozdější poststrukturalistickou kritiku Jeana Baudrillarda s jeho pojmy hyperrealita či simulakrum. Jeho dalším tématem byly americké dějiny a kultura, za knihu The Americans: The Democratic Experience dostal roku 1974 Pulitzerovu cenu.

Citáty Daniel J. Boorstin


„Píšem, aby som zistil o čom rozmýšľam. Okrem toho bary nie sú otvorené tak skoro.“

„The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.“


„No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.“

„A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.“

„Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.“

„I write to discover what I think“

„When we pick up the newspaper at breakfast, we expect - we even demand - that it brings us momentous events since the night before... We expect our two-week vacations to be romantic, exotic, cheap, and effortless.. We expect anything and everything. We expect the contradictory and the impossible. We expect compact cars which are spacious; luxurious cars which are economical. We expect to be rich and charitable, powerful and merciful, active and reflective, kind and competitive. We expect to be inspired by mediocre appeals for excellence, to be made literate by illiterate appeals for literacy... to go to 'a church of our choice' and yet feel its guiding power over us, to revere God and to be God. Never have people been more the masters of their environment. Yet never has a people felt more deceived and disappointed. For never has a people expected so much more than the world could offer.“

„The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.“


„A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well.“

„[Reading is like] the sex act—done privately, and often in bed.“

„Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.“

„A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services“


„I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress.“

„The hero reveals the possibilities of human nature; the celebrity reveals the possibilities of the media.“

„When I was living in England I found that the more I lived abroad, the more American I discovered I was.“

„LikeGoethe'soffers a wide panorama of scenes from the vulgar to the sublime, with passages of wondrous poetry that can be sensed even through the veil of translation. And it also preserves the iridescence of its modern theme. From it Oswald Spengler christened our Western culture 'Faustian,' and others too have found it an unexcelled metaphor for the infinitely aspiring always dissatisfied modern self.

Goethe himself was wary of simple explanations. When his friends accused him of incompetence in metaphysics, he replied. 'I, being an artist, regard this as of little moment. Indeed, I prefer that the principle from which and through which I work should be hidden from me.“
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination

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