“Many authors have written at length concerning the force of imagination,” wrote Francesco Maria Guazo circa 1605, “for example Pico della Mirandola, De Imaginationibus… All are agreed that the imagination is a most potent force…” 
A glamour originally referred to a magic spell, an illusion said to be cast by witches.  The witches relied on the power of imagination to cast their spell.
An illusion cast by witches branched out eventually into today’s “news” presentations. A glamour is disseminated meant to convince people that enormous crises are breathing down their necks.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is a philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and perception. Wrote Philosopher George Berkeley: “… there is nothing easier than for me to imagine trees, for instance, in a park […] and nobody by to perceive them […] The objects of sense exist only when they are perceived…” Later, in June 1883, in the magazine The Chautauquan, the question was put, “If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings would there be any sound?” They then went on to answer the query with, “No. Sound is the sensation excited in the ear when the air or other medium is set in motion.” 
If Confederate statues are toppled to the ground, do they make a sound unless the mainstream “news” is reporting it?
Which brings us to today’s COW. That is an acronym for Crisis Of (the) Week. Last week the COW was Hurricane Harvey. As this week begins there are several contenders for C.O.W. There is Hurricane Irma, reported to be headed for Florida. There is Kim Jong Un, reported to be gearing up for a nuke attack. There is President Donald Trump, reported to be about to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), sometimes called the “Dreamers” law, depending on which side you favor.
But is it ALL just a dream? “This is the dream world, and the dream world is the real world,” believed many Native Americans. A type of artificial magic is called Prestidigital. This “prestidigital art was taught by the giant demons before the Flood, and from them Ham learned it, and from him the Egyptians, then the Chaldaeans and Persians, and so in succession.” 
——- Sources ——-
 Compendium Maleficarum, by Francesco Maria Guazo. Dover Books edition, 1988.
 “Glamour (presentation)”, Wikipedia, September 5, 2017.
 “If a tree falls in a forest”, Wikipedia, September 5, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_a_tree_falls_in_a_forest