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Boorstin's pejorative term for occurrences staged for the mass media to report. The production and promotion of such events makes them more dramatic than spontaneous events. Writing in 1961, Boorstin argued that news is increasingly ‘packaged’, having become ‘news making’ rather than ‘news gathering’ (see alsofiction values; story model; tabloidization). ‘Synthetic’ celebrities and stars who are ‘famous for being famous’ are part of the same phenomenon (comparepromotional culture).

Subjects: Media Studies.

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