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"We read advertisements... to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready - even eager - to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian   

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"The most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera -- and himself." Daniel Boorstin
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Photography   

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"Nothing is really real unless it happens on television." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian   

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"Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian    Celebrity   

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"Standing, standing, standing - why do I have to stand all the time? That is the main characteristic of social Washington." Daniel Boorstin
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"What preoccupies us, then, is not God as a fact of nature, but as a fabrication useful for a God-fearing society. God himself becomes not a power but an image." Daniel Boorstin
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God   

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"We expect to eat and stay thin, to be constantly on the move and ever more neighbourly . . . to revere God and to be God." Daniel Boorstin
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God   

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"The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it." Daniel Boorstin
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Experience    Fiction   

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"In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs." Daniel J. Boorstin
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Heroes And Heroism   

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"Modern tourist guides have helped raised tourist expectations. And they have provided the natives -- from Kaiser Wilhelm down to the villagers of Chichacestenango -- with a detailed and itemized list of what is expected of them and when. These are the up-to-date scripts for actors on the tourists stage." Daniel J. Boorstin
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Travel And Tourism   

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"An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service." Daniel J. Boorstin
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American Historian   

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"Reading is like the sex act - done privately, and often in bed." Daniel J. Boorstin
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American Historian   

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"Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian    Commodity   

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"The most important lesson of American history is the promise of the unexpected. None of our ancestors would have imagined settling way over here on this unknown continent. So we must continue to have society that is hospitable to the unexpected, which allows possibilities to develop beyond our own imaginings." Daniel Boorstin
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