Frases de Daniel Boorstin
Data de nascimento: 1. Outubro 1914
Data de falecimento: 28. Fevereiro 2004
Daniel Joseph Boorstin foi um historiador, professor, advogado e escritor norte-americano. Foi diretor da Biblioteca do Congresso Americano entre 1975 e 1987.
Boorstin teve como uma de suas obras mais importantes o livro The Image [A imagem], no qual trata das influências das mídias no comportamento social.
O autor se debruça, sobretudo, sobre a questão dos pseudo-eventos que conceitua como criações da mídia para patrocinar a imagem pública das celebridades, que por sua vez são conhecidas apenas por suas imagens e não por seus atos ou feitos.
Recebeu o Prémio Pulitzer de História em 1974 por The Americans: The Democratic Experience.
Citações Daniel Boorstin
„É um lugar comum de nosso tempo afirmar que esta nação precisa de cidadãos bem informados. (…) Eu, pelo contrário, proponho que precisamos - em qualquer país verdadeiramente livre - de cidadãos que tenham conhecimento.“
BOORSTIN, D. Remarks by Daniel Boorstin, the Librarian of Congress, at White House Conference on Library and Information Science, Journal of information Science, p. 111-113, 1980. http://www.webquest.futuro.usp.br/artigos/textos_rafael.html
„The American citizen thus lives in a world where fantasy is more real than reality, where the image has more dignity than its original. We hardly dare face our bewilderment, because our ambiguous experience is so pleasantly iridescent, and the solace of belief in contrived reality is so thoroughly real. We have become eager accessories to the great hoaxes of the age. These are the hoaxes we play on ourselves.“
Fonte: The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961), p. 37.
„These creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the arts there is no correct answer.“
— Daniel J. Boorstin, livro The Creators
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (1992) (Vintage edition, 1993, ), Preface, p. XV.
Contexto: These creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the arts there is no correct answer. The story of discoverers could be told in simple chronological order, since the latest science replaces what went before. But the arts are another story — a story of infinite addition. We must find order in the random flexings of the imagination.
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961)
Contexto: We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.
A Case of Hypochondria, Newsweek (6 July 1970).
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„In the age of pseudo‑events it is less the artificial simplification than the artificial complication of experience that confuses us. Whenever in the public mind a pseudo‑event competes for attention with a spontaneous event in the same field, the pseudo‑event will tend to dominate. What happens on television will overshadow what happens off television.“
Fonte: The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961), p. 39.
„The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge.“
— Daniel J. Boorstin, livro The Discoverers
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself, Random House, 1983, p. 86.
„Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.“
As quoted by Barbara Gamarekian in Working Profile: Daniel J. Boorstin. Helping the Library of Congress Fulfill Its Mission http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/06/specials/boorstin-working.html, The New York Times (July 8, 1983).
„Jeffersonian isolationism expressed an essentially cosmopolitan spirit. The Jeffersonian was determined — even at the expense of separating himself from the rest of the globe, and even though he be charged with provincial selfishness — to preserve America as an uncontaminated laboratory.“
Fonte: The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948), Ch. 4, part 6: The American Destiny, p. 229.
„Pseudo‑events spawn other pseudo‑events in geometric progression. This is partly because every kind of pseudo-event (being planned) tends to become ritualized, with a protocol and a rigidity all its own. As each type of pseudo-event acquires this rigidity, pressures arise to produce other, derivative, forms of pseudo‑event which are more fluid, more tantalizing, and more interestingly ambiguous.“
Fonte: The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961), p. 33.
„The institutional scene in which American man has developed has lacked that accumulation from intervening stages which has been so dominant a feature of the European landscape.“
Introduction, part 2: The Influence of America on the Mind, p. 6.
The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948)
„While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.“
Fonte: The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948), Ch. 3, The Physiology of Thought and Morals, Introduction, p. 111.
„The American settlers came to take and shape the land. The first occupants of the land — the "Indians" whom the European migrants encountered — would not be treated, in the pattern of the Romans, as people to be incorporated into an empire. Instead, they were treated as part of the landscape. Most of them were simply cleared away, like the forest, or pushed back, like the wilderness.“
Fonte: The Republic of Technology (1978), p. 38.
„The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.“
Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected (1995). This "aphorism" was expressed in different forms by Josh Billings and Socrates.
„The variety of minds served the economy of nature in many ways. The Creator, who designed the human brain for activity, had insured the restlessness of all minds by enabling no single one to envisage all the qualities of the creation. Since no one by himself could aspire to a serene knowledge of the whole truth, all men had been drawn into an active, exploratory and cooperative attitude.“
Fonte: The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948), Ch. 3, Part 2: The Happy Variety of Minds, p. 125.