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A Space Pseudo-Program

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Paul Spudis

A half-century ago, historian and Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin writing in his book The Image, took note of and characterized a societal trend that he found disturbing. Genuine accomplishment was being gradually replaced by what he termed the “pseudo-event,” something seemingly real but in actual fact, an occurrence representing no significant accomplishment or any real milestone. According to Boorstin, a pseudo-event has four characteristics:

It is not spontaneous, but planned.

Its principal purpose is to be reported and thus, it is arranged for the convenience of the media.

Its relation to any underlying reality is ambiguous; parts of the event may somehow relate to genuine accomplishment, but that relation is either uncertain or unknown.

It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy – it is important because its promoters proclaim it to be so.

 

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