24 May 2021

Boorstin—The Company We Keep

Daniel Boorstin
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961)

[My notes say:]

p. 170—"Have you seen my snapshot of the Mona Lisa?"
This point hits the mark but is, let's say, undertheorized here.
p. 171—"We are quite precise when we describe him as a devotee of hi-fi rather than of music."
Also a direct hit, and also undertheorized, though here of course I'm happy enough that he leaves the fleshing out to specialists.
In both cases, the first further order of business is this: the relationship between original and copy, artist and curator, is not symbiotic but in fact parasitic, and this is evidenced by which variable in the equation of valuation must be manipulated in order to change the output on the other side of the equals sign.

[from a post-it, 2017]

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