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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.“

—  Daniel Boorstin

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

„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.

„We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

Preface
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.

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„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.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

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).

„The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected (1995). This "aphorism" was expressed in different forms by Josh Billings and Socrates.