A book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin during the 1960s titled, “The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America,” covers pseudo-events that are staged solely to generate news media coverage. Compared to real events that involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes, pseudo-events are shows or theater.
When considering the House Democrats’ impeachment hearings, it’s easy to see which category they would be in. They are classic pseudo-event, theater managed, with the impetus to get sympathetic media producing predictable stories. Their method includes blocking inconvenient questions from Republican members, and withholding the name of the “whistleblower.”
With all this political theater being published and broadcasted by the media, the pseudo-events are crowding out genuine events of potentially world-shaking importance and uncertain outcomes.