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RESPILLING OLD TEA: A SURVEY OF NEWS STORIES ABOUT PAST PRESIDENTS 5 YEARS BEFORE BEING ELECTED

The reality show that is the US presidency is one of the most ostentatious and expensive productions the world has ever known. Its producers are massive corporations, political parties, financial institutions and military interests. Its actors hail from the best universities, families, and fraternal societies across America. Seeing an actor give a tour de force performance in a movie or television show can have the effect of coloring your opinion of them from then on. Making it hard to distinguish or appreciate them when they play another role. Other actors are trapped in their past and end up typecast into a series of roles based upon the character they’d played at some prior date.

The public image of any president, for better of for worse, is dramatically altered by the time their terms are up. Examining the maelstrom of media coverage concerning current president Donald Trump. media analysts may, if they can remove the chastity belts of partisanship the wear so proudly, look to investigate the media’s presentation of presidential hopefuls in the past and how public perception shifts over time. Ensconced in a hyperreality of mass news and social media communications we now experience the phenomenon of public figures ‘coming out of no-where,’ juxtaposed with the actions of known public figures either being buried or constantly reintroduced into the news cycle.

Due to the power of narrative driving by media outlets, which nowadays seek to run parallel with public trends rather than serve as somewhat non-partisan reporters, candidates can be recast in new roles with a speed and efficacy never before imagined. In this last election we saw a New York billionaire braggart transformed into a populist hero going to Washington to drain the swamp of career politicians and greedy oligarchs.

That character ran against another media invention. This time it was a humble woman of the people, public servant and feminist who — despite being having been a well known political figure and source of controversy for decades — had been reborn as a as a kind, loving, hot sauce in her purse carrying, strong female leader unafraid to wage war wherever and whenever possible. 

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DIGGING IN THE CRATES #2: “The Image” by Daniel Boorstin

“Digging in the Crates” is a series of posts related to reading done either for research or personal edification taken from texts of the past. Many of these will be refashioned posts created from threads I have posted on Twitter. I’m not sure how others do threads but I tend to make them more ad-hoc than finely tuned, on purpose, which coincides with how I view Twitter as a more immediate and improvisational medium. Not all agree with my view of Twitter but that’s how I see it and use it. In this series I will transpose some of those Twitter threads but also reserve the right to embellish and update the topic matter on this site. The subject matter usually concerns themes which connect the past and the present through various ‘evidences’ of connections I ferret out from my research.


 

1) THE NEWS – A Thread: The promotion of “news” outside of the gossip of the average person has always been political. There is an endgame (all-ways).

2) Daniel Boorstin argues that a Graphic Revolution took place in the late 1800s which brought us to our current state. Yet the MO is old.

 

3) Focusing on the American scene he discusses “pseudo-events” as the basis for what we call News and Public Relations, its bastard child.

4) America is a special in many ways. An important way is the method of “public sphere creation” using the media.

5) The lofty ideals of journalism, honestly, were never being used on a mass scale. The “newspaper” has always been a tool of political aims.

6) Ask yourself, “why?” would elites share information with the subjects they largely want to keep under thumb? In order to in-form you…

7) Reporters, editors and writers, “decide” the angles of “stories” they chose which they deem “new worthy” and they always have.

8) The tenor of the language proliferates into the public sphere, and if the news isn’t enough the academics and pundits ensure it does.

9) Writing in 1962 he was basically called our present out. At that time he said the “news” was full nonsense for 50 years already.

10) This pseudo-event concept is useful. In his view most things we take for news or information aren’t really either.

11) Boorstin’s definition of a pseudo event in 4 parts. It is planned, promoted, presented and then commented on.

The loop is reinforcing

12) Very quickly the desires of the public 2 remain ‘informed’ when no big events were taking place led 2 the industrial creation of events

13) And of course we have Edward Bernays, nephew Sigmund “freaky” Freud, on the scene waving a visibly hidden hand…

14) Bernay’s features heavily in the entire US and western canon concerning commercial promotion, ad psychology and public psyops

15) Hired to promote cigarettes he dubbed them “freedom torches” and hired women to perform a fake march in NYC…

16) The idea that smoking was a revolutionary act for women at the time was enough to write ‘stories’ about. Yet in reality, it was staged.

17) Now turn to modern ‘daily’ ‘local’ news. What % of that is usually crime? Crime not even in your city, or country? Is that truly news?